FANCY FOOTWORK (The Irish Boxing Play)

WRITER: Miriam Gallagher
DIRECTOR: Rich Johnson

Fancy Footwork is the story of Billy played by Mark Byrne, a boxer that has had a career in the ring but retired after his last fight due to a bloody encounter. However his passion for fighting still boils and in his retirement he has opened a Boxing club and starts to train fighters. Billy has found a young new fighter who has potential though he also reminds Billy of himself.

"The most interesting character for me was Billy, played by Mark Byrne. Byrne captures the intensity and fire of the character (as well as a perfect Irish accent) and does a nice job of inhabiting a dual role - during a boxing scene, he portrays both referee and commentator all at once, simultaneously playing each part with specificity" NYTheatre.com
The play focus’ on Billy’s understanding of life and what his place is in this journey. The fight to gain the ‘fancy footwork’ to maneuver the sucker punches thrown at a decent person in a world of lies and games. All this against the back drop of the biggest game known in the sports world, Boxing! The production was directed by Rich Johnson for Treskilion Theatre Company, based out of NJ, for the International Fringe Festival in New York and then remounted in Scotch Plains, N.J.

"Bryne’s performance is increasingly compelling, as he works through the moral struggles he must face as a one-time “king-of-the-ring”-turned coach, who cannot imagine his life without boxing in it. “Like life, the ring is nothing you can quit,” Billy concludes at the play’s end. The performance was a knockout!"Westfield Leader - Page 24
Originally written by Miriam Gallagher for the inmates of Mountjoy Prison. It was presented at the Focus Theatre for the 1982 Dublin Theatre Festival with the cast made up of inmates. They were brought to the theatre each day under armed guard. The play gained even more notoriety when, on the last night of the run, one of the inmates escaped through a small window in the backstage dressing room. He later turned himself in after going home to see his dying mother.

Miriam Gallagher came from Ireland for the run of the play and was present with the cast for a talk back facilitated by the festival.

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Fancy Footwork

  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne, Jarde Jacobs (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Stool (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs and Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) and Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy), Jarde Jacobs Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs, Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy), Jarde Jacobs Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy), Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom), and Timothy Macht (Larry the Lid) (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy), Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom), and Timothy Macht (Larry the Lid) (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy), Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom), and Timothy Macht (Larry the Lid) (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy), Jarde Jacobs Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Marguerite French (Marguerite)- (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Timothy Macht (Larry the Lid) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) and Timothy Macht (Larry the Lid) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • fancy_footwork_fringenyc_36Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) and Timothy Macht (Larry the Lid)- (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) and Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) and Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs and Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne and Jarde Jacobs (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe) and Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe), Mark Byrne (Billy) and Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe), Mark Byrne (Billy) and Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe), Mark Byrne (Billy) and Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe), Mark Byrne (Billy) and Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) and Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Jarde Jacobs ("Tornado" Tom) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Ryan Foy (Joe)- (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Ryan Foy (Joe)- (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Ryan Foy (Joe)- (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Ryan Foy (Joe)- (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) and Mark Byrne (Billy) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (Billy) and Marguerite French (Marguerite) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Mark Byrne (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
  • Fancy Footwork - Fringe NYC (Aug 16, 2009)Ryan Foy (Joe) - (© Nick Gaswirth photography)
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