Fast & Loose is a twenty-four hour play project which originated in Los Angeles with Sacred Fools Theater Company. A thrilling and unusual production that for the 2012 version, Accidental took to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast for the first time.

An experiment in playmaking and inspiring creativity, all housed in one theatre for twenty-four hours. From 9pm on the first day four playwrights have only 12 hours to craft a new short play. At 9am the following day, four directors and casts will have a further 12 hours to make the play, each being performed that night in the Lyric Studio for the first time.

The results are often unpredictable, unique and uplifting, showcasing some of the finest theatre and creative artists working in Northern Ireland. 

Fast & Loose 2012

Lyric Theatre, Naughton Studio
Saturday 17th November 2012

The Final Countdown 

by Shannon Yee
Directed by Claire Lamont
Assistant: Tom Finlay
Cast: Cathy Brennan-Bradley, Teresa Hill, Geoff Hatt, Ryan Crown and Hannah Coyle

An Episode of Captain Cook 

by J.P. Conaghan
Directed by Andrea Montgomery
Assistant: Mairead Quigley
Cast: Miche Doherty, Naseen Morgan, Daisy Brindley, Morgaine FitzSymons


by Stephen Coulter
Directed by Jason Parkes
Assistant: Kathryn McCartin
Cast: Rob Killalay and Mary-Frances Doherty

This is the Scene, the First, Maybe the Only 

by Kristen Kernaghan
Directed by Emma Jordan
Assistant: Ciara McCafferty
Cast: Patrick Strain, Megan Armitage and Stephen Clarke

More about the writers...

SHANNON YEE is a biracial writer who’s been living in Belfast since 2004. While in NI, she has had the pleasure to work with skewiff theatre company, Assault Events, Replay Productions, TheatreofplucK, 25Belfast, Hanna Slättne (Tinderbox), Paul Stapleton (SARC), and now Accidental.

J.P. CONAGHAN is from Derry, lives in Belfast and is a graduate from the University of Ulster, Magee. He teaches Creative Writing for OCN(NI) in Derry. His previous works include: Solicitors, Politics for Arts Sake, Rob 'O Rea and The Last Round. He is currently in the process of producing his latest work The Wall for 2013.

STEPHEN COULTER is a recent graduate of Queen's University Belfast in English and Drama. In 2011 Stephen participated in Tinderbox Theatre Company's young writers programme Fireworks.

KRISTEN KERNAGHAN is an American playwright who moved to Belfast six years ago. In that time she has had the pleasure of working with Accidental Theatre on her short play Fallen Socks and Fear which was performed as part of 15 Minutes: A Very-Short Play Festival.

Dramaturg   Emily DeDakis

Producer  Richard Lavery

Marketing  Elizabeth Meehan

Stage Manager  Ciara McCafferty

Deputy Stage Manager Jo Steele