UNGUARDED by Anthony Kinahan: National Tour @ Solstice Arts Centre – 1st February 2024

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Droichead Arts Centre and An Táin Arts Centre Proudly Present


Written & Performed by Anthony Kinahan

Directed by Anna Simpson

THURSDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2024 | 8PM | €18/€16

Solstice Arts Centre, Railway st., Navan, Co Meath

Tickets: www.solsticeartscentre.ie  / 046 9092300

When a father’s world falls apart, he must battle through obstacles to ensure a future for him & his son. Love; Laughter; Loss & Families left behind:

UNGUARDED is a touching, & often comedic, new drama

– developed by Louth actor/theatre-maker Anthony Kinahan – that uses imaginative physicality, vocal versatility & song, to highlight the vulnerable position many LGBTQ+ & non-LGBTQ+ families find themselves in due to the lack of regulation of Surrogacy in Ireland.

Directed by Anna Simpson (Quintessence Theatre) & developed under the Droichead Arts Centre Artist in Association in 2021 (with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland), this production is in association with Droichead and An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk.

Running time 75mins.

Promo Trailer here – https://youtu.be/vsIx0qbseRA


Performer/Writer/Producer – Anthony Kinahan

Director/Sound Design – Anna Simpson

Lighting Design – Colin Doran

Videographer – Steven Larkin

Poster Design – Linda McConville

Special Thanks to Maeve Delargy (OUTLaw / Lesbian Lawyers Network) & Ranae von Meding (Equality for Children) for their consultation on this new writing.


Previous Audience Reactions:

  • “Heartbreaking…but with the right amount of comic relief… I had great eyeliner on and it made me cry!.”
  • “An amazing play … An absolutely stellar performance, a beautiful, if heartbreaking at times story and the sheer stamina of acting, singing, movement & cinematic style on stage in his one-man show”
  • “I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by theatre. Too long.”
  • “A super hero that turns himself into something small, big and massive and is constantly interchanging changing through a whirlwind of emotions from comedy to pain flawlessly taking the unexpected and ‘unguarded’ people watching, on a roller coaster of an adventure with beautiful drama and story with immense impact and an everlasting cathartic effect.“
  • “The poetry, movement & vocals were all beautiful and I was especially floored by how the dialogue between characters & the physical transitions were handled … Completely amazing”
  • “Such an amazing piece of work. I wouldn’t have blinked only for the tears streaming.”
  • “It was absolutely amazing, emotional and funny … Sensational”

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