Áine Flanagan set up the company in 2014, with the aim of creating accessible theatre that tells universal stories in fabulous ways, changes people’s perceptions and creates laugher wherever shows are performed.
After touring both Ireland and the United Kingdom as a Company and Stage manager for several years, Áine Flanagan moved to the UK full-time to pursue a career as an independent producer. In early 2013, she took part in the award winning Theatre503’s resident assistant producer programme. This experience launched her producing career. She went on to assistant produce and production manage numerous productions for the venue.
In 2014 Áine Flanagan took ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This introduced her to a world where non-traditional theatre goers could be ushered into venues, where people with little interest in their local theatres took pride in having multiple ticket stubs in their pockets. A passion was ignited to emulate this atmosphere and its accessibility to the wider audience.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and the sequel show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows have now sold out five Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (2014-2018), performing to over 30,000 audience members at the festival alone. The show (‘Queen of Soho’) was described as ‘One of the funniest hours that this year’s Fringe has to offer’ FEST.(2014) The show went on to the Brighton Fringe Festival, winning an Argos Angel Award 2014, as well as Best Male Actor at the International Gay Theatre Festival 2014 in Dublin. The show toured the UK in early 2016 and later travelled to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Margaret Thatcher continues to perform Queen of Club Nights to sell out crowds.
In 2015 Áine Flanagan began working with Seiriol Davies, writer and composer of How to Win Against History, a ripped-up musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and being totally fabulous. A frothy, glossy costume drama about the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments when we realise it’s not. How to Win Against History finished the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 as the top rated show across all genres, with awards from both The Stage and Broadway Baby. In 2017, after returning from the festival for a second sell out run, it toured England and Wales for two months before transferring into London’s Young Vic for an extended 4 week run.
2016 brought Rebecca Humphries’s Prom Kween into Áine Flanagan’s life. Prom Kween is a coming of age comedy for those who hit that age years ago. A story of falling in love with who you are. In 2017 it travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe after receiving the Underbelly UNTAPPED award. It finished the festival with nine 5 star reviews, two awards and an invite to return the next year, which it did in 2018 to more rave reviews.
Late 2017 added Red/Wolf to the Áine Flanagan Productions family. Presented as a Scratch piece at VAULT Festival 2018, this is another comedy musical written by Rebecca Humphries. The show revisits the classic Brother’s Grimm story and through original music and black comedy explores its underlying themes: responsibility, family, fear, as well as the wolves that exist within ourselves.
Bringing Áine Flanagan Productions to the present day. Back in pre-production with the same team behind How to Win Against History, Milky Peaks is written and composed by Seiriol Davies and aiming to tour in late 2019. A fabulous Greek chorus of draggy Celtic spirits, it uses physical storytelling & live music to tell this new queer fable. A soaring, fabulous, small-town story about identity, queerness, nationalism and community; what we’ll do to ourselves to fit in and what we’ll do to others to protect.
Áine Flanagan has received a StageOne Bursary to help support and develop her company.
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