Based on first-hand experience of the music industry, Eaman Craig’s EXiT tells the story of a local singer negotiating and walking away from a recording contract and will be brought to the stage next month.
EXiT is written and performed by Eaman Craig (formerly known as 'Wile Man'), who retired from music in 2013 and trained as an actor in Dublin and will be staged at The Playhouse on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March.
The story centres on a previously successful singer in a band who has been given the opportunity to break into the mainstream again as a solo artist via a huge record label. The singer struggles with the lack of identity this brings and the power that he hands over to his new employers in relation to creating music with meaning in an industry that is increasingly vacuous.
As a rapper Eaman was in talks about a recording contract but it fell apart when the requests of the label did not resonate well with him and he felt conflicted as to which way to turn. A few years later, he wrote EXiT.
EXiT - Promo Video 2016
“The viewing figures for reality shows like X factor is decreasing and now is the time to maybe spark a light within the public” Eaman Craig said.
“They have an innate desire to hear music that moves them. Also, the death of David Bowie highlights the achievements of what a real artist can bring to the world.
“The previous run in 2015 was directed by Colm S.Herron, an Edinburgh Fringe promoter who saw the play in its first showing in June 2015 and quickly recommended it for the Fringe. My vision is that the play could develop possibilities for change within the music community and in the listener, eventually possibly affecting everyone with a radio, TV, the internet or an iPhone.”
Air Drama Theatre’s ‘EXiT’ written and performed by Eaman Craig, directed by Matt Jennings, Drama Lecturer at the University of Ulster will come to The Playhouse on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £10/ £8 and are available from The Playhouse box office on (02871 268027) or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk