March 22, 2010

Abbey Theatre Presents World Premiere of ‘Outsiders’ by David McWilliams

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16 June 2010 – 3 July 2010
(Previews from 9 June — 15 June)

March 2010 — The Abbey Theatre is delighted to present the world premiere of OUTSIDERS by leading economist and commentator David McWilliams on the Peacock stage, opening on Wednesday 16 June (previews from 9 June). David McWilliams takes to the stage in an event which is part stand up, part discussion, part social observation and is directed by award-winning director Conall Morrison.

OUTSIDERS is a characteristically vivid, humorous and uncompromising account of what is going on in Ireland. In a unique theatre piece, McWilliams offers a narrative of the recent collusion between the insiders of the Irish political system and the financial sector.

McWilliams believes Ireland’s political and social divide is not so much about rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, but about Insiders and Outsiders. The Insiders — found in every village, town and city — are those with a stake in our country who believe that today’s status quo must be preserved at all costs. The Outsiders — who might live next door — are those who realise that the status quo is part of the problem.

In Ireland every time there is a crisis, the Insiders get stronger, not weaker. Far from losing power and paying for the chaos they caused, they tighten their grip on the country. In contrast, the Outsiders are excluded and left to fend for themselves. That is what happened in the 1950s and the 1980s and it is happening again now. But there is an alternative. OUTSIDERS is about the alternative.

While the others cheered the boom, only one economist accurately predicted the collapse and mess we find ourselves in. He told you the truth then; he’s telling you the truth now.

Tickets: €14 – €22; 8pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm

Booking and information on www.abbeytheatre.ie and (01) 87 87 222.


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  2. CitizenWhy

    Sounds like a great event, production. We need something like this in the USA, where crooked banks and their un-arrested, and hugely rewarded, CEOs will never go to jail. … I have often thought of Ireland as being like a large American high school, with its little core of “popular”: kids and everyone else an outsider. … But given human nature, everyone needs to save and be prudent in order not to be entirely at the mercy of the insiders. As the Afro-American song says, “God bless the child who has his own.”

    When will a print copy be available?

  3. paddyjones

    For the insiders their incomes and assets will be squeezed in the coming years. We the outsiders can’t afford to carry them any more. They are the public service workers , the bank employees etc. Our borrowings this year will be 11.6% of GDP by 2014 this will have to be reduced to 3%. The EU comission have imposed this on us and we must obey. For public service workers it will mean a reduction in their numbers and more pay cuts. For the bankers it will mean job cuts , I can’t see their pay being cut. Banks have not begun too rationalise yet but they will. Also consolidation in banks will occur, leaving only 3 banks left in the coming year or two.
    With the drain of money away from the insiders their power will diminish. They are the hangers-on, the leeches in our society making us uncompetitive and forcing us to borrow even further. At the end of this year our national debt will be 140 billion including NAMA and maybe even more for recapitalisation. Greece has a population of 11 million with a debt of 300 billion. We are just as bad as them.
    Wait and see the IMF will be here within the next year or two.

  4. Brake a leg David!

    Hopefully this will be recorded and broadcasted as well!

  5. MT25

    Brilliant news…. Can’t wait!

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