Support ‘Dirty Hands’ Fringe - Edinburgh Fringe ‘12By: Austin Smidt Glasgow
The idea behind this production began in the corner of a small local pub in Dundee, Scotland. As Paul Murphie and Austin Hayden indulged themselves with pints of Tenants, they began to talk philosophy and literature. Both having a fondness for the oeuvre of French Existentialist Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, the discussion turned to the possibility of performing one of his plays. Paul, having just completed an in-depth study of Les Mains Sales (Dirty Hands in English), suggested they try it out, and considering the political and existential content of the play, Austin was immediately on board.
After a few months of preparation, script edits, auditions, and rewrites, a cast and crew were assembled to make the discussion manifest. Austin recruited Tom Moriarty and Mariel McAllan from the illustrious Acting Coach Scotland acting ensemble and Paul brought on board three young, talented, and experienced Dundee theatre veterans: Steve Bangs, Hannah Brown, and Thomas Sloan. The final touches were applied when DBS Productions decided to take this show and give it the perfect stage for its Fringe debut: Sweet Venues Grassmarket, The Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh.
The play follows the existential journey of Hugo Barine, a young, militant intellectual anarchist, who leaves the comforts of his wealthy American life to join the IRA cause in the 80s. Taken in by the IRA, he is soon given his first chance to really act. He is commissioned to assassinate ‘Moriarty’, a leader within the IRA’s political wing, Sinn Fein. But as Hugo soon discovers, doing one’s duty is never black and white. Even the purest of motives, the quickest of actions, the most final of outcomes are marred by ambiguity.
This updated retelling of the Sartrean classic is both faithful to the existential drama scripted by Sartre and also novel in its re-situating of the era and location. It promises to excite, intrigue, and challenge all audience members; those new to the story and those familiar with the original.
We are raising funds to pay for production costs and lodging for the cast and crew for the duration of the run in Edinburgh. Total costs are over £1000 so any bit of support will help tremendously!
Thank you so much for your support!!!
The Cast and Crew of Dirty Hands
03-09-2012 02:06 PM
Thank you to everyone who contributed! We had an amazing time and it wouldn't have been possible without your help. We will be sending out the rewards in the next week to all contributors.
Cast of Dirty Hands
16-08-2012 01:47 PM
We’ve made our goal!!!! Honestly, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for supporting!!!
14-08-2012 10:57 AM
Wow! We are just about there!! Sincere thanks again for pledging!! We are under a week away now from opening. The excitement, tension, and anticipation are building… we can feel it all in the air. It’s what live performance is all about
See you in Edi!
10-08-2012 01:24 PM
Thank you so much for backing us thus far!!! We are almost to our goal. We are just £94 away!!! If you would be able to pass this project page along to colleagues, friends, whomever, we’d be most appreciative!!
The show is coming along nicely. We are just about a week away and we are as excited as ever. The show is in perfect condition for peaking at the right moment. We trust that the Festival will be both rewarding and exciting in all fronts.
Hope to see you all there!!!
The Cast and Crew of Dirty Hands
24-07-2012 11:38 AM
See our new promo vid here.
23-07-2012 01:13 PM
Just had a great reherasal yesterday. The show is rapidly coming together. The producer, JD from DBS productions, came by and was pleased with the progress. If the money man is happy then so are we!
Another video will be coming soon. Make sure to check our website for updates as well
17-07-2012 04:05 PM
More videos and photos to come in the coming weeks! Please feel free to keep track of our progress. Ask questions, make suggestions, Fringe recommendations, or whatever else you might fancy!