Joyriders (2014)


by Christina Reid
directed by Peter Hubert Shine
produced by Susan CollinsJoyriders_944x300


Darragh Cooney as Tommy
Laura Doherty as Sandra
Bridín Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh as Maureen
Sarah O’Toole as Kate
Joseph Power as Arthur

Joyriders is a comedic, yet deeply moving story about a group of teenagers involved in a Youth Training Programme in West Belfast, 1986.

Misunderstood and misrepresented by everyone around them, these kids are trying their best to get by, when all that surrounds them is violence, economic hardship and unsympathetic ears. The wild and vicious world outside is reflected by their wildness within – but they will need their toughness as they strive for lives beyond what they’re told they can have.

Written by Christina Reid (once a writer-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Joyriders explores the lives of teenagers in a volatile environment, and how they build and nurture relationships with one another against the backdrop of 1980s Belfast.

Over the course of two months, our production of Joyriders played in the following venues:
5th-8th January 2014: Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway
10th-11th January 2014: Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
14th February 2014: les Rencontres Théâtrales de Lyon Festival, Lyon

The team had a fantastic run with this show, getting attention from all over. From radio interviews with Vinnie Browne on Galway Bay FM to getting a full page on the front of ‘The Week’ in the Galway Advertiser, the PR campaign for Joyriders was a real powerhouse.

Thanks to people like Susan Collins, Conor Hooper, Caitlin White & Emily Murray, we managed to get people aware of this show in a big way.

Joyriders in Galway Advertiser

A little paper-cutting of our full page interview with the Galway Advertiser (click to read)


Here is the link to the great trailer, filmed and edited by Emily Murray. We would like to thank Robin Oree and Kate Rands for their contribution to this clip!



Darragh in Lyon

A crowd of 250 French students settling in to watch ‘Joyriders’ (2014)

The cast and crew of Joyriders also got to perform at the ReuTeuLeu Festival in Lyon. It was a delightful experience and a lot of fun! We played to a packed theatre of 250 people – our biggest house to date!

They were very kind and welcoming – we hope to get the chance to go back sometime in the future!


ThereisBear! members were joined by:

Darragh Cooney

Darragh Cooney

Darragh Cooney

Tommy, Joyriders (2014)

Darragh is a second year Drama, Theatre and Performance with English student who has been involved with theatre since he was quite young, taking part in over a dozen shows since then, including performing once on the Peacock stage of the Abbey as part of the National Youth Theatre.

Since coming to University, Darragh has taken part in the Musical Society’s production of RENT and stage managed for DramSoc’s production of Blithe Spirit (both 2013). This year, Darragh is taking to the DramSoc stage himself for the first time as Merriman in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Darragh’s first play, Inn, was awarded Best Production at the 2014 Jerome Hynes One-Act Play Series.

Laura Doherty

Laura Doherty

Laura Doherty

Sandra, Joyriders (2014)

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