Freefall: Heroes
by Colm Byrne
Part-devised by the company
(Galway Theatre Festival, 2010)

A new play premiering at Druid Theatre as part of the Galway Theatre Festival on October 28th addresses an uncomfortable topic in an unusual way. The play, Freefall:Heroes, by Colm Byrne focuses on one of the women who chose to leap from the twin towers on 9/11 rather than be consumed by flames. 'What makes this play unusual' says director Jessica Curtis of TYGER Theatre 'is that it asks difficult questions in a beautiful way by breathing life into her final moments'.

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Incorporating transcripts of phone calls, air traffic communication and biographies, an ensemble of nine actors use dialogue and movement to explore the thoughts, wishes and regrets of one woman trapped on the 83rd floor. There she struggles to make sense of her life as horror unfolds beneath her feet. 'It's a play about redemption' says writer, Byrne who was working in New York the day the towers were hit. The legacy of the so called 'jumpers' is controversial. A recent documentary on the topic showed relatives torn about the victims' decision to jump. To some it was seen as suicide, to others a last desperate act of escape. Byrne takes a different view, however. 'They made a choice' he says, ' they couldn't escape the fact that they were going to die, but they made a decision how'.

TYGER is a critically acclaimed theatre company, 'brimming with inventiveness' who prides itself on developing new work with Irish writers. The company has been nurturing new writing in Galway since 2001 presenting work by many playwrights including Christian O'Reilly, Noel Duffy, Philip Doherty and Sean T. O'Meallaigh.
Colm Byrne’s plays have been performed Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, Edinburgh and Vienna. A native of Limerick, he was writer in residence for the LA Writers Centre and is a recipient of the Bay Area Critics Outer Circle award.

Freefall:Heroes
When: October 28th 10pm, October 29th 6pm
Where: Druid Lane Theatre, Galway
Who: TYGER Theatre, directed by Jessica Curtis, written by Colm Byrne
Tickets: Galway Theatre Festival box office www.THT.ie or 091-569777
More info: www.GalwayTheatreFestival.ie

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