Winner of ‘Best New Play’ at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the sell-out success of Dublin Fringe Festival, Rise Productions returns to Armagh’s Market Place Theatre with ‘The Games People Play’, a radical re-working of the Tír na nÓg myth.

Meet Oisin and Niamh: married in their early thirties, parents of a young son and daughter, struggling to pay for groceries and knee deep in negative equity. Gavin Kostick’s ‘The Games People Play’ is both a timeless story about two people lost inside a marriage, and a very contemporary Irish horror story of debt, desire and emigration. The drama revolves around an overpriced games set from Argos that Oisin is constructing in advance of his son Oscar’s birthday party. As he puts the finishing touches on it, a discussion with Niamh over white wine on everything from their honeymoon and sex life to the menu for the next day’s birthday party turns into an existential conversation on their future together.

Touching family drama meets epic Celtic mythology, distilled into a Dublin Semi-D and presented in the trademark ‘TheatreStrongStyle’ of Rise Productions.

‘The Games People Play’ will be staged at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh on Wednesday 6th May at 8pm. Tickets are priced £12.50 or £10.50 (concession), and can be booked through the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at

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