Bingo Wings

Lime Tree Theatre – 13th & 14th September

Siamsa Tire – 9th October

An Grianán Theatre – 18th & 19th October

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A ripping yarn about love, luck and bingo that takes you on a flight of fantasy.

The masters of aerial spectacle present a stunning new show suitable for everyone from 8 years to 98 years old.

It’s 1974, and Bingo Fever has hit the town of Ballydawn, where everyone dreams of scooping the huge Snowball jackpot. But when star-crossed lovers Jimmy and Moya try to rig the game, fate, family and a giant storm get in the way. Will destiny keep them apart, or will their lucky number finally come up?  Bingo Wings is a story about luck and love that takes you on a flight of fantasy that’s funny, moving and spectacular.

This exciting new Fidget Feet production, blending circus, aerial dance and theatre, is delivered by an award-winning team including director Jo Mangan, choreographer Chantal McCormick, playwright Tom Swift and composer Jym Daly.



Funding of Bingo Wings

The Bingo Wings Project is a collaboration between multiple partners, lead by Limerick City and County Council Culture and Arts Department, artistically produced by Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre. Limerick City and Council Council, Kerry County Council and Donegal County Council are co-commission and co-produce the Bingo Wings Project with Fidget Feet, funded through the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. As part of The Bingo Wing Project, Fidget Feet produce, Bingo Wings, the show. 

The Bingo Wings Project is an intergenerational community project, bringing together younger and older people in a programme of public engagement focusing on arts, ageing well and health and wellbeing. During a 5-week residency, a circus artist will work with community groups in Limerick, Kerry and Donegal.  

History of Bingo Wings Creation

From 2009 -2014, Fidget Feet were resident company in the Backstage Theatre in Longford. The theatre’s General Manager Mona Considine and Fidget Feet Artistic Director Chantal McCormick approached The Performance Corporation Director Jo Mangan as director for the production of Bingo Wings. In 2016 as the project developed there was a new addition to the creative team: writer, performer, storyteller and musician Little John Nee.

In 2017, Chantal was successful in being awarded a young people, children, and education bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, to research Bingo Wings and the intergenerational possibilities of working with teenagers and older people, working with youth groups and retirement/nursing homes. Alongside this bursary, five regional venues the Lime Tree Theatre Limerick, Town Hall Theatre Galway, Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny and the Backstage Theatre Longford committed to investing funding into the research of this new project.

Little John Nee, Chantal and Jym Daly (Fidget Feet’s Artistic and Musical Director) spent one week in An Grianán Theatre and Letterkenny gathering local stories of bingo memories from people in living in the retirement and nursing homes, day care centres, and bingo halls. They also worked with the youth theatre and spoke to different characters from the town about their own memories. This proved to be a successful creative week, which resulted in creating the foundations of the show.

Fidget Feet spent 3 weeks of research and development at the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.

In 2018, the Bingo Wings Project was funded through the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme, Fidget Feet also secured a touring grant for a 2019 national tour from the Arts Council to the Lime Tree Theatre, Siamsa Tíre and An Grianán Theatre and future touring grant to tour to 3 venues in 2020 to the Backstage Theatre, the Black Box Theatre and the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Credits

Director: Jo Mangan
Choreographer: Chantal McCormick
Composer:  Jym Daly
Writer:  Tom Swift
Set Designer: Sinead O’Hanlon
Costume designer: Sinead Lawless
Costume Consultant: Abby Grewcock
Lighting designer: Sarah Jane Shields
Rigging design: Lee Clayden
Performers: Aisling Ní Cheallaigh, Ronan Brady, Chantal McCormick, Karl Quinn, Maire Dee, Sianna Bruce, Kathryn Cooley, Christina Zauner and Matthew Horton.
Rigging Consultant: High Performance Rigging
Head Rigger: Matthew Horton
Production Manager: Tomek Rola
Stage Manager: Leanne Vaughey
Assistant Stage Manager: James Corr
Chief LX: Alan Mooney
Graphics Designer: Ciara Gogarty
Film and Photography:  Jym Daly
Original Research collaborator:  Little John Nee
Fidget Feet Producer:  Juley-Ann Collins
Financial Officer:  Claire Ahern
The Bingo Wings Project
Artists in Residence: Lisa McLoughlin – Limerick

Toni Gutiérrez Casado – Kerry

Stephanie Townsend – Donegal

Local Authorities:
Sheila Deegan Limerick City & County Council Arts Officer
Pippa Little Limerick City & County Council Assistant Arts Officer
Kate Kennelly Kerry County Council Arts Officer
Caroline Lynch Kerry County Council Arts Officer
Traolach O’Fionnáin Donegal County Council Arts Officer