Low Level Panic” is a foul-mouthed, funny and unflinching exploration of the ways in which we view women’s lives, their bodies, their safety and their sexuality.

Under the patronage of Ireland’s first lady, Mrs Sabina Higgins, Anam Theatre is now reviving its sell out production of Clare McIntyre’s Samuel Beckett Award winning play.

After a highly successful run at Galway, we brought our National Tour to the Crescent Arts Centre Belfast from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th June and are now finishing up with a strictly limited run at The New Theatre in Dublin from 14th to 19th July. Tickets for the Dublin run are €15/12 and are available at http://www.thenewtheatre.com

Sarah O’Toole, Eimear Kilmartin, Aoife Martyn, Jerry Fitzgerald and Joseph Lydon, plus ensemble of children and men

“Eimear Kilmartin is captivating as the brazen but bereft Jo; Sarah O’ Toole powerfully embodies Mary’s soul-searching and scorn; and Aoife Martyn finds comedy and charm within the more marginal character of Celia.” – Siobhán O’Gorman, THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

In our society where femininity is often sanitised and represented in the terms of male fantasy, Low Level Panic is a breath of fresh air. The play presents female sexuality and self-image from the perspectives of three women; housemates who bicker over bathroom time, fight over the significance of porn magazines, fantasize and party.

The play has even more significance today than it did when it was first produced in 1988. The rise of the internet and mobile technology has seen, if not an increase in porn, than a definite increase in the availability and variety of pornographic imagery. Images of women, which twenty years ago would have graced the pages of porn magazines, now advertise fizzy drinks and chocolate bars. The age-old problems still haven’t gone away; while promiscuous men are deified, women are seen as cheap, slutty and stupid if they are seen to be engaging in sex. Look at last year’s furore over Slane Girl. Porn may have changed in the last twenty years, but attitudes to women and female sexuality have not.

This production is directed by Justin Martin who most recently worked as associate director on the award-winning productions of “Let The Right One In” and “The Audience” (starring Helen Mirren). His next role will be as Stephen Daldry’s associate on “Skylight” starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy this Summer in London’s West End.

Please contact Artistic Director Sarah O’Toole on 00353 87 237 3531 or email anamtheatrecompany@gmail.com to arrange press interviews or for further enquiries.

★★★★1/2 “Anam’s innovative production succeeds in balancing high entertainment with a probing of issues that are becoming more and more pressing in our contemporary mediatised culture” – THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

“Low level panic, high level theatre …. foul-mouthed and funny” – GALWAY ADVERTISER

“[a] bold, courageous production that pokes its fingers – with a punkish derision – in the eyes of convention” – IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

“Nothing short of amazing …. sent chills down my spine” – DEREKPETERSWRITES

***SARAH O’TOOLE (Class of 2002)
Sarah O’Toole is a former member of Galway Youth Theatre and a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting’s 2 Year Full Time Acting Course in 2002. She made her directorial debut in 1998 in Galway with a production of “Dangerous Liaisons”. She then adapted Ruth Eisenberg’s poem “Jocasta” for the GYT one-act festival. She worked in Dublin as an actor, playing parts in the Gate’s production of “Pride and Prejudice”, The Machine’s “Mysteries 2000″ as well as appearing in the films “Disco Pigs” and “Fair City”.She then went on to train as a director on Middlesex University’s International MA in Theatre Directing course where she specialised in Shakespeare, Comedy, Michael Chekhov and Balinese Theatre. As part of her studies she spent time training at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow and ISI in Denpasar, Bali.She then moved to Glasgow where she directed “The Talented Mr Ripley” and played several major parts including Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina, as well as setting up her own theatre company and Improv Troupe, Razed Curtain.She is now back in Galway, teaching beginner and specialised drama classes for adults with Galway Actors Workshop and lectures in drama and playwrighting at NUI. For Anam, she has directed “The Yalta Game” by Brian Friel and her own adaptation of “Eugene Onegin”, as well as the highly entertaining interactive Literary Restaurant for Cúirt Poetry Festival. She recently played Lucifer in “Jack Taylor: The Magdalene Martyrs” (Magma Films), Isabella in Theatrecorp’s production of “Measure for Measure” at the Black Box in Galway and is currently reprising the role of Mary in “Low Level Panic”
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