Straight to Video

Straight to Video

Past Performances

Project Arts Centre

9 November–11 December 2021

The Civic

28 October–6 November 2021

World Premiere

The Civic | 2 November, 2021

Straight to Video

a new play by Emmet Kirwan
directed by Phillip McMahon
Landmark Productions
in association with The Civic and Project Arts Centre

crackling with energy … a top-notch team
The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘whip-smart writing … a fantastic feast of comic nostalgia’
The Irish Times

a real winner … just what audiences need at this time … all the performances shine’ 
Irish Independent

Set in the mid 90s, a turbulent period in Tallaght’s social history, against the backdrop of the Drugs Out marches, Straight to Video is a biting new comedy written by, and starring, Emmet Kirwan.

In a video shop in west Tallaght, in the tumultuous spring of 1995, the owner Barry is having problems with his staff, the customers, a local vigilante called The Coach, and an elusive video pirate simply called The Video Van Man, who’s ripping off his stock. His long-suffering staff Karl and Claire are the movie geek brains that keep the shop going, but they and the shop are under threat from a multitude of outside forces – local vigilantes, lack of opportunity, their chaotic family lives, not to mention VHS going rapidly out of fashion. The shop cannot survive, but if our gang is going out they’ll go out together, with integrity … because all anyone in this play wants is to watch a film together, in peace.

Straight to Video is a buzzing ensemble comedy with a huge heaving heart featuring a stellar cast –  Stephen Brennan, Colin Campbell, Lloyd Cooney,  Derbhle Crotty, Callan Cummins, Kate Gilmore and Emmet Kirwan – directed by Phillip McMahon. A  real tonic for audiences returning to live theatre.

Straight to Video is made possible through Landmark’s Arts Grant Funding from The Arts Council.


Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 15 minute interval.
Age Guidance: 14+
Tuesday 23 Nov: ISL (Irish sign language) performance. Book here
Thursday 25 Nov: 
Touch Tour and Audio Description. To Book: please email [email protected]

Note: From Tuesday 7 December, capacity for Straight to Video at Project Arts Centre was reduced to 50% due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Coach Stephen BrennanKarl Colin CampbellKeno Lloyd CooneyDenise Derbhle CrottyPierco Callan CumminsClaire Kate GilmoreBarry Emmet Kirwan


Writer Emmet KirwanDirector Phillip McMahonSet Designer Grace SmartLighting Designer Sinéad McKennaSound Designer Alma KelliherCostume Designer Ellen KirkMovement Director Philip ConnaughtonAssociate Director Claire O’Reilly


Photos: Pat Redmond


★ ★ ★ ★ 'whip-smart writing … a fantastic feast of comic nostalgia … a delightfully bizarre and heady farce that delivers comedy, poignancy and drama'The Irish Times
'All the performances shine ... clever, exciting and funny ... a real winner'Irish Independent
'crackling with energy … a top-notch team'The Sunday Times