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