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New Fishamble commission touring to Draoicht

Story by John Donohoe

Wednesday, 26th February, 2014 4:15pm

New Fishamble commission touring to Draoicht

Commissioned by Fishamble in partnership with the Strollers Touring Network, 'Little Thing, Big Thing' is a new production touring to 16 venues in Ireland including Draiocht Blanchardstown on 7th and 8th March at 8pm.

Glasnevin born and now living in Leitrim, Donal O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s foremost socially engaged playwrights. In this new stream-of-consciousness thriller, Little Thing, Big Thing, he pulls out all the stops.

In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future. The film roll Martha is carrying attracts the urgent interest of some very powerful and ambitious people. Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the brutal world of international energy skullduggery and awaken passions they thought were long behind them! With high speed car chases, ramblings around familiar Dublin streets and fast-paced switching between the many characters, this play is as full of laugh-out-loud moments as it is with shocking fast-intake-of-breath moments!

Fishamble is a multi-award winning company, dedicated to new plays.  It tours its productions throughout Ireland and internationally. 

Donal O’Kelly trained in Dublin’s Focus Theatre and is a writer, actor and theatre director. Shows he has directed include Farawayan, Running Beast, The Adventures of the Wet Señor and Skeffy. He recently won a Scotsman Fringe First for his magic realist solo play about the Shell Mayo gas project, Fionnuala, shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award. Francisco, the Ocean FM radio musicdrama series he wrote and directed, recently won the Prix Europa 2013 Award in Berlin for best radio drama series. He tours with his own plays such as Catalpa and The Cambria in Ireland and abroad, combining theatre work with social activism, mainly through justice and peace organisation Afri.

FRI 7 - SAT 8 MAR 2014 / 8PM  / Draiocht, Main Auditorium // Tickets: €16 / €14 conc / Booking tel: 01-8852622 /

Little Thing, Big Thing's Full Tour Dates

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

5th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (094) 902 3733

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

6th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (046) 909 2300

Draíocht, Blanchardstown

7th-8th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (01) 885 2622

Hawk’s Well, Sligo

12th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (071) 916 1518

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

13th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (045) 448 330

GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow

14th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (059) 917 2400

The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

15th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (0504) 90204

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

19th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (056) 776 1674

Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

20th March, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (066) 7123055

Garter Lane, Waterford

22nd March, 8pm Tickets €20/15 Booking (051) 855 038

Civic Theatre, Tallaght

25th-29th March, 8pm Tickets€18/16 Booking (01) 462 7477

The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

2nd 3rd April, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (071) 9855 833

Roscommon Arts Centre

4th April, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (090) 66 25 824

Town Hall Theatre, Galway

5th April, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (091) 569 777

The Simon Ryan Theatre, Tipperary Excel

7th April, 8pm Tickets €15/12 Booking (062) 80520

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

9th April, 8pm Tickets €16/14 Booking (01) 272 4030