Catalpa Spring Tide Tour 2015
A classic of modern Irish theatre, Catalpa is the story of the daring 1876 whaleship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia - all in the vibrant imagination of a screenwriter, the best movie never made! Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at sea.
Catalpa is a subversive epic, a celebration of the power of live theatre, “lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny” (Irish Times)
Since its premiere 20 years ago, Catalpa has toured the world to high acclaim, including New York, Chicago, Paris, Geneva, Helsinki and Harare Zimbabwe.
Scotsman Fringe First Award Edinburgh; Best Event Melbourne
“A rip-roaring one-man adventure” Washington Post
“Brilliant unravelling of the heroic epic .. a masterpiece” Scotsman
“Marvellous feat” Herald Sun Melbourne
“Rollicking, absorbing epic” Washington Times
“Brilliant writing, bravura performance” Sunday Times
“An improbably beautiful show” Variety USA
Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly.
Live music by Trevor Knight.
Writer, actor and director Donal O’Kelly trained in Deirdre O’Connell’s Focus Theatre Dublin.
As well as Catalpa, his much-travelled solo plays include Edinburgh Fringe First winner Fionnuala (about the Shell Mayo gas project), Bat The Father Rabbit The Son, Jimmy Joyced! and Hairy Jaysus (about Frank Sheehy-Skeffington).
Other plays include The Dogs, Hughie On The Wires, Trickledown Town, Farawayan, Operation Easter, Judas Of The Gallarus, Asylum! Asylum!, Vive La, The Cambria, The Hand, Running Beast, The Adventures of the Wet Señor, Jimmy Gralton’s Dancehall and Fishamble’s Little Thing, Big Thing.
His radio music-theatre 3-part serial Francisco, which he also directed, won the Radio Fiction Prix Europa 2013 and the Gold Medal for Best Drama Special at the 2014 New York International Radio Festival.
Film roles include The Van, Kings and Spin The Bottle, and on television Paths To Freedom and Fair City. He was a member of Aosdána 2007-2010, and Theatre Artist in Residence at the Glens Centre Manorhamilton 2011.
Trevor Knight formed the experimental jazz-fusion band Naima in the 1970s and later Auto Da Fe with singer/songwriter Gay Woods. He has also recorded and performed with Paul Brady, Philip Lynott, Mary Coughlan, Camille O’Sullivan and Donovan.
He has composed music and created sound design for many theatre productions. He adapted and directed Just A Little One - A Dorothy Parker Cocktail. His collaborations with Butoh choreographer Gyohei Zaitsu and Butoh dancer Maki Watanabe have included Slat, Visitant and The Devil’s Spine Band (coming to the Project January 2015).
He has collaborated with visual artist Alice Maher many times including her films The Music of Things, Godchildren of Enantios and a double-film with quadraphonic sound, Cassandra’s Necklace (IMMA). He also collaborated with performance artist Aine Phillips on Spectral – My Lake of Eggs. In March 2007 he became a member of Aosdana. He acted in Samuel Beckett’s “Rough for Theatre 1” at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and Tokyo, Japan
Fri 16 Jan Lyric Belfast
Sat 17 Jan Lyric Belfast
Thurs 22 Jan Wexford Arts Centre
Sun 25 Jan The Mill Dundrum
Mon 26 Jan The Mill Dundrum
Wed 28 Jan An Grianán Letterkenny
Thur 29 Jan Riverbank Newbridge
Fri 30 Jan Watergate Kilkenny
Sat 31 Jan Seamus Ennis Arts Centre Naul
Tue 3 Feb Dunamaise Portlaoise
Thur 5 Feb Birr Arts Centre
Fri 6 Feb 69 O’Connell Limerick
Sat 7 Feb Town Hall Galway
Sun 8 Feb Hawk’s Well Sligo
Tues 10 Feb Everyman Cork
Wed 11 Feb Dock Carrick-on-Shannon
Thur 12 Feb Ballina Arts Centre
Fri 13 Feb Garter Lane Waterford
Sat 14 Feb Garter Lane Waterford
Tue 17 Feb Roscommon Arts Centre
Wed 18 Feb Linenhall Castlebar
Thur 19 Feb Marketplace Armagh
Fri 20 Feb Siamsa Tralee
Wed 4 Mar Garage Monaghan
Fri 6 Mar Glor Ennis