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Catalpa, 8pm in the Viking Clontarf until Sat 27th July 13

Until Sat 27th July 13, 8pm nightly in The Viking Clontarf, booking 087 1129970:

Donal O’Kelly’s Catalpa, written and performed by Donal O’Kelly, music composed and performed by Trevor Knight, has toured widely over the past decade, including New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Paris, Copenhagen, Geneva and Helsinki.
Catalpa is a story in the great epic tradition of Moby Dick and Gone With The Wind - with a passing glance at The Great Escape. From New Bedford, USA to Fremantle, Australia, across the high seas on the whaling ship Catalpa. Based on the true story of the daring rescue of six Irish prisoners in 1875, culminating in the first ever ticker-tape parade in New York City.
Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance and battles at sea. An epic adventure story that challenges the nature of heroism. Lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny.
“A masterpiece … searingly satirical, comic, tragic, profoundly sensitive”
 The Scotsman
“Exuberant, exhilarating, magical … it’s a triumph, a joy, a delight” Irish Times
“Marvellous feat … wonderfully varied and passionate” Herald Sun Melbourne
“Brilliant writing, bravura performance”
 Sunday Times
“A rip-roaring one-man adventure” 
Washington Post
“A brilliant unravelling of the heroic epic” 
Irish Times
“If ever there was a play you should see, this is it. A true event in Irish theatre” The Examiner

July 24, 2013   No Comments

Catalpa in The Viking @ Connollys The Sheds Clontarf

This week, Mon-Sat, 8.30pm in The Viking Clontarf, booking 087 1129970:

Donal O’Kelly’s Catalpa, written and performed by Donal O’Kelly, music composed and performed by Trevor Knight, has toured widely over the past decade, including New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Paris, Copenhagen, Geneva and Helsinki.
Catalpa is a story in the great epic tradition of Moby Dick and Gone With The Wind - with a passing glance at The Great Escape. From New Bedford, USA to Fremantle, Australia, across the high seas on the whaling ship Catalpa. Based on the true story of the daring rescue of six Irish prisoners in 1875, culminating in the first ever ticker-tape parade in New York City.
Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance and battles at sea. An epic adventure story that challenges the nature of heroism. Lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny.
“A masterpiece … searingly satirical, comic, tragic, profoundly sensitive”
 The Scotsman
“Exuberant, exhilarating, magical … it’s a triumph, a joy, a delight” Irish Times
“Marvellous feat … wonderfully varied and passionate” Herald Sun Melbourne
“Brilliant writing, bravura performance”
 Sunday Times
“A rip-roaring one-man adventure” 
Washington Post
“A brilliant unravelling of the heroic epic” 
Irish Times
“If ever there was a play you should see, this is it. A true event in Irish theatre” The Examiner

March 4, 2013   No Comments

Donal O’Kelly’s Fishy Fest at the Viking

Fishy Fest is a festival of four of Donal O’Kelly’s celebrated solo shows presented in a two-week festival in the Clontarf seafront venue over Connollys - The Sheds. Booking: 087 1129970

Bat The Father Rabbit The Son, Mon-Sat, 25 Feb – 2 March, 8.30pm €10

Rabbit, Thurs-Sat, 28 Feb – 2 March, 6.30pm €8

Catalpa, Mon-Sat, 4-9 March, 8.30pm €10

Ailliliú Fionnuala, Thurs-Fri, 7-8 March 6.30pm, (Sat 9 Mar 6pm) €8

Teatime and evening shows combined: Special ticket €15.

Mongo Saturday 9th March: All Four Shows, plus a reading. The Good Ship Schitzenzootz 11am; Rabbit 1pm; Bat The Father Rabbit The Son 3pm; Ailliliú Fionnuala 6pm; Catalpa 8.30pm. All-in ticket €35; two shows €15.

Bat The Father Rabbit The Son. The selfmade haulage magnate Rabbit is haunted by his deceased father Bat, a Citizen Army volunteer and pawnshop assistant. They go on a demented voyage out of Howth and into Dublin Bay. First produced by Rough Magic, directed by Declan Hughes, in 1988. It transferred to New York, and toured widely thereafter. “A prose poem of magical beauties and plunging vulgarities .. friends, it is purely brilliant” New York Post. “One of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen” The Guardian.

Rabbit enlists the aid of his minion Keogh to find what he’s lost – the happiness of his childhood and youth, first presented in 1986, directed by Maggie Byrne. “A marvelously sustained piece of Perrin meets Beckett .. I’ve never seen an audience laugh so much” Tom Matthews, In Dublin.

Catalpa, with live music by Trevor Knight, has toured widely since premiered by Red Kettle in 1995, directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh. Based on the whaleship rescue of six Fenians from the Fremantle penal colony in 1876, it’s an epic adventure story that challenges the nature of heroism. ”A masterpiece .. searingly satirical, comic, tragic, profoundly sensitive” The Scotsman “A brilliant unraveling of the heroic epic” Irish Times

Ailliliú Fionnuala. Ambrose Keogh, who made his name as Rabbit’s go-for, works for Shell. When the Tunnel Boring Machine he named Fionnuala sinks into the bog in Co. Mayo, he is magically confronted by Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. “Cuts a swathe through Shell/State propaganda” Hot Press

“O’Kelly performs superbly” Sunday Independent.

February 7, 2013   No Comments

Upcoming Shows, Sligo, Manorhamilton & Maynooth

Ailliliú Fionnuala - four shows in three venues in the next five days, Thursday to Monday.

Thurs 31st Jan: 8pm, The Model Sligo, and post-show discussion with John Monaghan, Rossport resident and spokesman for Pobal Cill Comain, chaired by Andy Storey of UCD, chairman of Afri. Launch of Ailliliú Fionnuala booklet.

Fri 1st Feb: 8.30pm, Glens Centre Manorhamilton, and post-show discussion with Mary Corduff and Goldman Environmental prize-winner and member of the Rossport Five Willie Corduff


Sat 2nd Feb: 8.30pm, Glens Centre Manorhamilton. post-show discussion with director Sorcha Fox and Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim, linking Shell-Corrib with the fracking industry; also the launch of a new song, The Erris Air, by Cathy Jordan of Dervish and The Unwanted, with musical friends.


Mon 4th Feb: 7.30pm, ClassHall F, Arts Bldg, NUI Maynooth, with post-show discussion with Prof. Laurence Cox and Theresa O’Keefe

January 30, 2013   No Comments

Aililliú Fionnuala

January 28, 2013   No Comments

Ailliliú Fionnuala, live theatre based on the Shell Corrib gas project

Benbo Productions presents Ailliliú Fionnuala,

written and performed by Donal O’Kelly,

directed by Sorcha Fox, designed by Robert Ballagh.

Ambrose Keogh works for Shell. When the Tunnel Boring Machine he named Fionnuala sinks into the bog in Erris Co. Mayo, he is magically confronted by Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. Fionnuala puts a geas on him – he’s bound to tell the truth about Shell’s operations, such as the attack on Willie Corduff in the Shell site at Glengad. During his ordeal, Ambrose meets his primary school classmate, Malachy Downes, an anti-pipeline activist, and echoes from the past resound.

Donal O’Kelly’s award-winning solo plays include Catalpa, Joyced! and Bat The Father Rabbit The Son. Other plays include The Cambria, Jimmy Gralton’s Dancehall, The Adventures Of The Wet Señor, Vive La, Operation Easter, Asylum! Asylum! and The Dogs.

“Cuts a swathe through Shell/State propaganda, allowing audiences to access the truth of what’s happening in North Mayo” Hot Press

“O’Kelly performs superbly” Sunday Independent

“Digs for truth beneath the controversies” Irish Times

“A stirring piece of theatre” Irish Theatre Magazine

“Highly entertaining while packing a punch” Exeunt Magazine

Info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benbo-Productions/150959184937388


January 28, 2013   No Comments

Ailliliú Fionnuala

Ailliliú Fionnuala upcoming shows:

Sat 26th Jan: 8pm, Pilot’s Row Community Centre, Derry, with post-show discussion including human rights lawyer Gareth Pierce.

Thurs 31st Jan: 8pm, The Model Sligo, post-show discussion with John Monaghan, Rossport resident and spokesman for Pobal Cill Comain, chaired by Andy Storey of UCD, chairman of Afri. Launch of Ailliliú Fionnuala booklet.

Fri 1st Feb: 8.30pm, Glens Centre Manorhamilton, post-show discussion with Mary Corduff and Goldman Environmental prize-winner and member of the Rossport Five Willie Corduff


Sat 2nd Feb: 8.30pm, Glens Centre Manorhamilton. post-show discussion with director Sorcha Fox, linking Shell-Corrib with the fracking industry, and the launch of a new song, The Erris Air, by Cathy Jordan of Dervish and The Unwanted, with musical friends.


Mon 4th Feb: 7.30pm, ClassHall F, Arts Bldg, NUI Maynooth, with post-show discussion with Prof. Laurence Cox and Theresa O’Keefe

January 28, 2013   No Comments

Joyced! Katie O’Kelly nominated for Stage Award for Acting Excellence!! Edinburgh Fringe 2012

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/37073/nominations-revealed-for-the-stages

Donal and Katie O'Kelly - Joyced! nominated for Stage Award

Donal and Katie O'Kelly - Joyced! nominated for Stage Award

August 17, 2012   No Comments

More stars and a great review for Joyced! from The Irish Post!!

"inspired performance..." Katie O'Kelly in Joyced!

"inspired performance..." Katie O'Kelly in Joyced!

August 16, 2012   No Comments

British Theatre Guide love Joyced!! 4 Stars and a great review

August 16, 2012   No Comments