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