rise productions


Welcome to Rise Productions. 


We are an award-winning Irish theatre company, telling stories across various platforms and media. Our debut show Fight Night won both Best Actor and the Bewley’s Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010, and was nominated Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012.


Following that sell-out run at Dublin Fringe, and a run at Bewley's Café Theatre extended due to popular demand, Fight Night returned in late 2011 for a 25 date nationwide tour, culminating in a week-long run at the prestigious Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.

A radio adaptation of Fight Night was commissioned and broadcast by RTE Radio 1

Fight Night returned in 2012 for further extensive touring, including international dates in both Scotland and Finland.


Rise Productions also co-created Tear Down The Walls, a site specific installation/live action piece for Project Brand New at Dublin Theatre Festival 2011.


In November 2011, Rise Productions unleashed its groundbreaking Irish Theatre Podcast on an unsuspecting public. For 52 weeks straight, the series sought to “support, promote, and celebrate all that’s great about Irish theatre.” These weekly conversations granted unprecedented access to some of the most influential figures in Irish Theatre, creating the most comprehensive archive of Irish theatrical voices ever compiled. It quickly became the Number 1 Arts podcast on iTunes, and was included on the Drama syllabus at Yale University, The Gaiety School of Acting, Ulster University, and NUI Galway.


The Games People Play by Gavin Kostick reunited the entire creative team behind Fight Night, and premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, before transferring to Clontarf’s Viking Theatre for a sell-out run. It won Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, and subsequently went on a 20-venue nationwide tour.

Rise: Audio Drama saw a return to audio format with short form radio plays, including a particular focus on female voices in both writing and performing. Both 10-part series reached Number 1 in the podcast charts.


At The Ford, the third collaboration with playwright Gavin Kostick received its World Premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2015 to critical acclaim and a sold out run.

In 2016, Celebrating Christie Hennessy played to capacity houses on its nationwide tour, including two sold out shows at Dublin’s renowned National Concert Hall.


Cobra's quest, a five-part epic audio adventure made by and for young people premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017.


2017 also saw a return to touring, with Christian O'Reilly's The Good Father selling out venues nationwide and receiving rave reviews, and Celebrating Christie Hennessy playing 27 venues across all four provinces, culminating in a performance at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The Good Father embarked on another 15 venue national tour in 2018.


After its success at Dublin Fringe 2017, Kicking all the boxes by liz fitzgibbon toured to both Electric Picnic and Clifden Arts Festival in 2018, and had a critically acclaimed run at London’s Vault festival in 2019.

Rise Productions is Company in residence at Smock Alley theatre. They will present a three show season in the main space throughout 2018/2019.



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