By Michael West in collaboration with The Corn Exchange
Directed by Annie Ryan

Winner Best New Play, Best Director, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2009

A sudden shock, and a man's life flashes before his eyes. He experiences an intense rush of extraordinary images and tangled memories, revelations and lost connections. People time and places swirl around him. As he valiantly attempts to stitch it all back together, will his luck hold out?

A sharp, humorous and exhilarating look at the fragility of a human life, performed with The Corn Exchange's trademark blend of beauty, poignancy and comedy.

Cast: Andrew Bennett, Damian Kearney, Louis Lovett / Declan Conlon (touring cast), Ruth Mc Gill and Janet Moran

Nominated for Best Actor (Andrew Bennett) and Best Supporting Actress (Ruth McGill)

Set Designer: Kris Stone
Lighting Designer: Matt Frey
Composer & Sound Designer: Conor Linehan
Costume Designer: Debbie Millington
Video Designer: Jack Phelan
Producer: Sarah Durcan

Photos by Richie Gilligan

Freefall premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival in Project Arts Centre 2009.

In 2010 it toured to the Weisbaden New plays Festival in Germany, Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

“In Freefall, Michael West has achieved a universality of experience that would play anywhere. Funny, moving, and creatively and beautifully staged, Freefall might just mark the day when Irish writing grew up.” Herald HQ

“This is a hugely confident piece of work . . . ambitious and ultimately touching look at the need to find yourself.”

“A striking, moving, passionate story told with superb clarity”
Irish Theatre Magazine

“A stunning piece of ensemble theatre.” Sunday Business Post

“Ryan’s playful, unsentimental, tender treatment is profoundly reassuring – Corn Exchange’s great achievement. In his fall he has been seen, understood and recognised. He has been caught.”
Irish Times

Watch the trailer here or at YouTube