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Pigsback Theatre Company
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The Flesh Addict

By Gavin Kostick

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Directed by Jim Culleton
Lighting Design by Stephen McManus
Music By Andrew Synnott
Cast includes Ronan Leahy, Robert Price, Clodagh O'Donoghue, Siobhan Walsh, Siobhan Miley, Jonathan Shankey

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In the middle of the night, an artist us startled from a troubled sleep. Standing by his bed is the ghost of his once-beloved. In her hands is a grave-digger's spade. He calls out for protection from her accusing eyes. Janey Morris, wife of the artists best friend, William Morris, will answer his call. Janey will pass her husband's bed and go to her lover, even though she knows the anguish it might cause.

The Flesh Addict tells the gripping story of the lives and loves of Janey Morris, William Morris, Lizzie Siddal and the greatest pre-Raphealite brotherhood - Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Pulsing through a Gothic world of passion, fear, insanity, obsession and love is Rossetti's overwhelming, unendurable need to complete one single picture with which he can be satisfied.

Pigsback has premiered new Irish plays in previous Dublin Theatre Festivals by Michael West, Deirdre Hines, Colin Teevan and Gavin Kostic to critical and public acclaim. The company has also produced new plays by Marina Carr and Joe O'Connor, and has commissioned Anne Enright. it has toured Ireland and transferred productions to Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

This is Gavin Kostic's third play for Pigsback, having previously written The Ash Fire and Jack Ketch's Gallows Jig. The Ash Fire was subsequently performed in New York. He wrote The Drowning Room for the Gaiety School of Acting and, last year, adapted The Picture of Dorian Gray for The Gate.

Jim Culleton has directed ten productions for Pigsback, including The Ash Fire also by Gavin Kostic, and, most recently, Red Roses and Petrol by Joe O'Connor. he has also directed for Second Age, Tinderbox, Passion Machine, Project Arts Centre, 7:84 Scotland and Amharclann de hIde.

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