Crowman (Week one)

Crowman (Week one)

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.     Saturday January 25th 2020 at 8 pm.     Doors open 30 min before the show starts.

Blood in the Alley Theatre Company in association with Cork County Council and The Arts Council presents:
The Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Festival 22nd Jan – 23rd Feb 2020.

Week one: Crowman
Written and Directed by: Katie Holly
Performed by: Jon Kenny

‘Set in a sparsely decorated kitchen, this intimate one-man show starring Jon Kenny (D’Unbelievables) feels like a window into the soul of a lonely bachelor, Dan.  A crow-hating man who noisily tires to shoo the blighted birds away, Dan measures out his life by the amount of funerals he has to attend every week.  They are social occasions with the added bonus of refreshments… Kenny is brilliant in the role, conveying the gamut of emotions.  Katie Holly’s script is strong conjuring up a life of quiet desperation’.
-Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner

‘The audience at the Watergate Theatre Kilkenny rose to the occasion and roared with laughter at the antics of the characters that Kenny ‘materialised’ as his physical presence changed with his voice.  Jon Kenny gives a masterclass in characterisation and physical acting in Crowman by Katie Holly’
-Liam Murphy, ENCORE Munster Express

“Hilarious Dark Comedy” & “Brilliant” – Arena RTE
Tickets at the door
€15 per ticket, €13 concession
€40 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 teens)
Age suitability; 14+
Running Time: 90 min, with interval

 

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Maura Laverty This Was Your Life (Week two/Double Bill)

Maura Laverty This Was Your Life (Week two/Double Bill)

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.     Saturday February 1st 2020 at 8 pm.     Doors open 30 min before the show starts.

Blood in the Alley Theatre Company in association with Cork County Council and The Arts Council presents:
The Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Festival 22nd Jan – 23rd Feb 2020.

Week two: Maura Laverty This Was Your Life
Presented by The Curious Ensemble

Written by: Yvonne Quinn, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Directed by: Joan Sheehy
Performed by: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Pat Ryan

Maura Lavery, the multi-talented broadcaster, cookery expert, agony aunt and controversial writer, who was a household name in Ireland for three decades, is spirited back from the dead to face a live and online audience on a surreal TV show called This WAS Your LIFE’. She will cook recipes from her iconic cookbook, ‘Full And Plenty,’ and talk about her rollercoaster life,  The host will get her to reveal some of her darker secrets and the price she paid for her success.  Fifty years after her death, how will a contemporary audience evaluate her recipes and the tumultuous life?

Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh was first presented by The Curious Ensemble in The Viking Theatre in September 2019.  It played to full houses for two weeks and was a popular and critical success.

‘This is a fascinating picture of how a strong woman refuses to play nice in the restrictive post-war decades and worked her way bang into the centre of Irish cultural life,  Her ghost will be well pleased’.
-The Irish Independent

‘The main part of the show is a witty and entertaining journey through the writer’s life, with Ms Ní Chaoimh in splendid forma st eh pugnacious Laverty.’
-The Irish Mail On Sunday

Tickets at the door
€15 per ticket, €13 concession
€40 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 teens)
Age suitability; 14+
Running Time: 75 min, No interval

 

 

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The Experience of Being (Week two/Double Bill)

The Experience of Being (Week two/Double Bill)

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.     Saturday February 1st 2020 at 9.15 pm.     

Blood in the Alley Theatre Company in association with Cork County Council and The Arts Council presents:
The Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Festival 22nd Jan – 23rd Feb 2020.

Week two: The Experience of Being
presented by An Grianán Theatre

Written by: Carol Moore
Directed by: Patrick J O’Reilly
Performed by: Carol Moore, Kevin Lawless

How many times does it take for people not to see you before you start feeling invisible?  How many times before you believe it too?  On her 60th birthday Cathy should be celebrating but it rapidly goes downhill.  “In the shoe they didn’t see me.  They saw a warm cardigan and sensible shoes woman. An insignificant woman”.

Age is something that creeps up on us.  We generally don’t give it much thought, so it comes as a bit of a shock when we suddenly arrive at 60.  The play evolved both as a response to writer/actor reaching 60 and to address a lack of challenging, non- stereotypical theatre roles for my age-range.  I was coming face to face with a negative set of views around ageing and chose to address them creatively.  In Western society we view young as ‘good’ and age as ‘bad’; the cosmetic industry and the media, two driving forces. Dwindling power in all its forms of course is a major issue, but ageing needs to be ‘reframed’ as simply another stage of life that we can manage positively.  The Experience of Being is intended to encourage a winder debate about how we support and value an ageing population.  It’s an antedote, a reaction, a ‘howl’ against the stereotype of what an ‘older’ person is capable of doing physically, mentally and emotionally. Lets face it we are  all aging, so let’s prepare for it.

‘Carol Moore has written a terrific script, it rolls along, at times really funny.  The man in front of me was in stitches especially when Cathy goes along for a Brazilian waxing, very descriptive!  There is also the pathos of a women loosing confidence, feeling invisible and worthless.’
-Anne Hailes, Belfast Times 

Tickets at the door
€15 per ticket, €13 concession
€40 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 teens)
Age suitability; 16+
Running Time: 60 min, No interval

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Before (Week three)

Before (Week three)

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.     Saturday February 8th 2020 at 8 pm.     Doors open 30 min before the show starts.

Blood in the Alley Theatre Company in association with Cork County Council and The Arts Council presents:
The Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Festival 22nd Jan – 23rd Feb 2020.

Week three: Before
Presented by Fishambles: The New Play Company

Written and performed by: Pat Kinevane
Directed by: Jim Culleton

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Oliver Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts – for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for….

Fishamble is an Oliver Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.

****’Kinevane’s performance works like a spell … a real showstopper, heaven can be found in the most unlikely places.’

Tickets at the door
€15 per ticket, €13 concession
€40 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 teens)
Age suitability; 14+
Running Time: 80 min, No interval

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