Fight Night


Fight Night

by Gavin Kostick

Winner of both the Bewley’s Little Gem award and Best Actor for Aonghus Óg McAnally, and nominated Best New Play at The Irish Times Theatre Awards, Fight Night is a gripping journey charting the comeback of Dan Coyle Jr, a failed amateur boxer from a long line of accomplished fighters.

Living in the shadows of his overbearing father and his brother’s Olympic success, Dan lets his training slip in favour of girls and booze. Then, an incident with his father minutes before a crucial bout splinters the family and exiles Dan from the ring. 

It’s not until the birth of his own son years later that his competitive fire is reignited, and he takes the first tentative steps on his road to redemption.

This fast-paced and engaging solo performance combines intense physicality with a classic Dublin wit in a storytelling experience that will leave audiences both exhausted and exhilarated.

One Chance. One Shot. Fight Night. No Excuses. 


Creative Team

Performed by                        Aonghus Óg McAnally

Directed By                             Bryan Burroughs

Lighting Design                              Colm Maher

Sound Design                                  Emma Butt

Costume Design                            Lance Faucett

Consulting Director                       Raymond Keane

Associate Producer                       Brian Melarkey

Boxing Coach                             Cathal Redmond



Fight Night was written and developed as part of Show in a Bag, an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.