Below is a list of stage plays performed or in production. Fergal is currently Writer-in-Residence with That Theatre Company. He works closely with actor/director Ian Burns and producer Julian Smith on his trilogy of plays known as The Location Trilogy. He has also worked extensively with actor/director William Morgan producing a number of critically acclaimed plays in Ireland.
This dark comedy is set in the near future when artificial intelligence (A.I.) plays a more interactive and invasive role in our daily lives.
Three old friends, Bobbi, Neil and Dan, get together, as they always try to do, at least once every year. Bobbi is a very wealthy wholesale meat supplier, who after a serious helicopter accident the previous year, in now reliant on the use of an EXO-Skeleton suit. Neil and Dan have only seen Bobbi in the hospital and not witnessed him fully upright and mobile in this amazing piece of technology.
To add more spice to the mix, Neil has the latest AI replicant model in his house, called SiSi – effectively a very life-like robot who assists him with a lot of his daily tasks. Their relationship, and the way they address each other, raises eyebrows with Bobbi and Dan. They act more like a husband-and-wife team even though Neil is gay and SiSi is a machine.
Director: Claus Bue
With: Ian Burns, Andrew Jeffers, Sune Svanekier & Nanna Mathilde Viborg Bjelka
World Premier; Copenhagen, March 2022
Director: Claus Bue
Cast: Sira Stampe, Ian Burns, Benjamin Stender and Michael Worthman.
World Premier; Copenhagen, October 2020
The play is set in the not too distant future. Mankind has set up colonies on Mars and all is going swimmingly well. At least it seems to be until a strange tooth decay problem hits the planet. There is only one dentist and he is very over worked. There is a suspicion that he is granting favours to those "in the know". Martian Toothache is a biting satire on the politics of cronyism. It is effectively a different planet, but the same shit.World Premiere: March 2022, Krudttønden Theatre
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