Fear and loathing in Dublin 4 – Dylan Tighe Drama On One

On Sunday October 3, 2021, RTÉ Drama On One will air No Love Lost, written and directed by Dylan Tighe, and starring Thomas Collins and Gina Moxley – listen to it above.

The play is inspired by Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Fear Eats The Soul and explores anti-traveler racism through the prism of a love story between a young male traveler and an older woman from Dublin 4.

The following is from an interview for Drama On One’s In The Wings program where Dylan spoke to Kevin Reynolds about the process behind the play and his own take on the original Fassbinder film.

Fear eats the soul was released in 1974. It tells the story of a young Moroccan immigrant who falls in love with an older German woman in Munich, and examines the prejudices, racism and experiences surrounding this case.

The idea came to me to transpose the story into an Irish context, and inspired by the film, to create a new play using the plot as reference points to explore prejudice and racism against Travelers. I transposed it to the story of an older woman from Sandymount who falls in love with a young Traveler builder. We follow their journey, as well as the reactions, prejudices and racism of neighbors and Maria’s family as this relationship unfolds and they both seek companionship to escape the loneliness.

Thomas Collins stars in No Love Lost

The play is primarily about fear, referring to the title of the original film. The hostility Eddie faces is the product of an irrational and deeply ingrained fear of the other on the part of this very bourgeois closed society, which views Eddie as a threat to his way of life. It explores the local and universal themes of cultural difference and prejudice, the effect of racism on self-esteem and masculinity, and the sociological and intergenerational dimensions of love.

There is no love lost between the community that fears and demonizes Eddie, or Eddie towards them. One of the saddest things about the story is that nothing about Eddie’s experience in this encounter is new to him. I wanted to explore the effect on his psyche, and on his self-esteem and spiritual being, of the cumulative effect of this prejudice and hostility.

No Love Lost: Gina Moxley

The project started with a Development Award from the Arts Council. I first entered Drama on a and worked with producer Kevin Brew and a few actors to get the idea. Early on in the project, I had discussions with Thomas Collins, who plays Eddie, and screenwriter Rosaleen McDonagh, and their input had a fundamental impact on how the material developed. Both were able to collaborate in the perspective of being both artists and a place of real knowledge of their community. They were able to merge these things in a unique way. What I did was throw this idea out as a provocation, and let them bring things to the table that weren’t my experience.

Dylan Tighe (Photo: Kathrin Baumbach)

Later, with additional funding from the Arts Council, we had a rehearsal process of a few weeks, which is unusual in radio dramas, but it allowed us to further process this material through the voices and experiences of ‘a group of actors. Much of the material we had developed and scripted was re-improvised, transcribed, and then rewritten. It became another translation process to the point where the film itself almost became like a ghost. The script ended up merging all of our ideas. “

RTÉ drama on a will broadcast No love lost, written and directed by Dylan Tighe, and starring Thomas Collins and Gina Moxley at 8 p.m. on Sunday October 3, 2021 – the play will be available to download and stream via the Drama on a web page, which also hosts the entire In the wings interview with Dylan Tighe.

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