SINK by John O'Donovan

How’s things?
Hello, hi, how’s it going… My name’s John O’Donovan and I’m an Irish playwright based in London. You might remember me from that play with the long title that no one remembers (Two Youngfellas Take Cocaine on a Roof?), reviewed as “a play that happened” and “75 minutes straight through, nice one.”

Despite a successful early career as a chugger, I am about as comfortable asking for money in a crowdfunder as I am singing Rule Brittania, but needs must.

I’ve written a new play, it’s called Sink, and it’s premiering at a top-secret venue in Dublin this September. It’s being directed by Thomas Martin and produced by One Duck (aka Alan Mahon) – the same team that produced the 2018 tour of If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (that was it) – I’d love your help to make it happen, and there are great rewards below for all of you that can donate.

What is it?
Sink is a mysterious new monologue about memory and inherited pain in a world facing ecological disaster.

Set during a heatwave, it follows two women, Bríd and Ciara, travelling west out of Dublin, for very different reasons; Bríd’s coming home to convalesce after drying out in rehab, while Ciara arrives as a stranger to the village, investigating a potential archaeological site. But despite escaping the city they both find peace-of-mind elusive down the country.

Sink asks: what is it like to grow up on top of buried pain – to fear for the future when you can’t even take refuge in the past? Is it always good to bring old suffering back to the surface? Or if you try and plough on into the future, will history insist on repeating itself?

Why do you want to bring it to Ireland?
To have an opportunity now to debut a play in Ireland is really exciting – everything else I've done has its first outing in London.

And I think it's particularly exciting for this one – Sink's all about going home, about testing memories, about adjusting what you think you remember about a place. And producing the play in Dublin in September gives us the chance to be able to bring it around the country and maybe to the UK as well.

I’m really hopeful for this play – so hopefully you’ll be able to help us out in making it happen.

Yeah, but what do you actually want?
Putting on a play is awful expensive. And we’re awful poor. Your awful support  would help pay for the following:

–Renting space for rehearsals: More expensive than you’d think.
–Printing some lovely posters and flyers: Also more expensive than you’d think.
–Paying cast and creatives: Surprisingly... exactly as expensive as you’d think.
–Insurance: Still reading?
–Travel: Flying me, Alan and Thomas over to Dublin (on Ryanair - promise!)

It will not be spent on:
–Mobile data bills from reading reviews over and over.
–Spamming your inbox.
–Other annoying things (unless you consider plays annoying. It will definitely be spent on a play. )

SINK you can help us out?
We’ll be eternally grateful. But just in case our gratitude isn’t enough we’re offering some REWARDS:

£10 Shout-out - John will write a personalised limerick especially for you as thanks for your loving support. (100 available – best of luck John!)

£20 - A show poster signed by John and delivered to your door (not by John). And of course, a limerick. (50 available)

£50 - A signed manuscript of Sink - Handwritten by John... then typed up and delivered to your door. He’ll sign it too – the signature will definitely be handwritten. (15 available)

£100 - A ticket, playtext, manuscript and poster. That’s right! All of the above prizes plus a ticket to see the show and a signed copy of John’s first hit play - the one with the really long title. One for hardcore O’Dono-fans. (12 available)

£250 - Tickets and a drink. Come and see the show in Dublin. Bring a friend and share a drink with the man of the moment. He’ll give you all of the above gifts in person and you can watch him squirm as he makes up a limerick on the spot for you. (9 available)

£3500 - It’s up to you! Do what you want with us – we'll be entirely at your disposal! Go ahead – make us an offer we can't refuse... (1 available)


  • James Huntrods 
    • £10 
    • 12 mos
  • Martina Callinan 
    • £20 
    • 12 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £25 
    • 12 mos
  • Maurice Brooks 
    • £100 
    • 12 mos
  • Frances Cooke 
    • £40 
    • 12 mos
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Fundraising team: One Duck (3)

John O'Donovan 
Raised £1,105 from 44 donations
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Alan Mahon 
Team member
Raised £220 from 3 donations
Thomas Martin 
Team member
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