Ten42 Productions presents The Tinker’s Curse
WRITTEN AND PERFORMAED BY MICHAEL HARDING
WITH LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY FINBAR COADY
WED 2 MAR 2011 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €12 conc
Michael Harding’s highly acclaimed production “The Tinker’s Curse”, which tells the story of a travelling man who climbs Croagh Patrick to do penance for the sins of a lifetime. Performed by the writer, accompanied by musician Finbar Coady, The Tinkers Curse is a funny and sad night in the theatre; a rare insight into the joys and sorrows that make up the life of an Irish Traveller. Harding plays Rattigan, a traveller old enough to remember the old days when the travelling people had a place in the scheme of things, fixing pots and pans. However “Plastic killed the Travelling People” he tells us and much of the traditions and lore have been lost.
In what is a tour de force Harding breaks many of the conventions of the theatre as he embarks on his story, Rattigan’s story, and his need to tell us who he is. Along the way we meet his wife Julia, the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter, who has “been in the audience of the Late Late Show”; his daughter Michelle, who is blissfully unaware of the effects her blossoming sexuality has, and Johnny Reilly, a “buffer” or settled man who comes a courting. Rattigan has no grá for Johnny, whom he describes as looking like a “haunted horse at midnight” and thinks of him as being “as useless as a chocolate teapot”. However like Johnny we are drawn into crossing the threshold of a travellers wagon and true to Rattigan’s description this is a very big journey.
Emer O Kelly (Sunday Independent Jan 2010) had this to say of the production "He stands on the stage, defeated, shambolic, rambling. He is a helpless father, a bewildered husband, an angry butt of majority hatred ... a travelling man .... MICHAEL HARDING'S NEWLY ADAPTED VERSION of his own THE TINKER'S CURSE is a heart-searing, heart-searching piece of work, provoking tears and haunting the soul. If it doesn't live in dramatic memory, we have neither folk memory nor capacity for pity........Harding's performance is nothing short of GLORIOUS - a piece of sustained dramatic economy that is performance art of SOARING, INCANDESCENT STRENGTH. Every gesture tells, every step is measured, every pause significant, every subtle change of tone adding to a threnody for a dying soul... If audiences are not hanging out of the rafters in future venues, there is no soul for drama in Ireland."
Ten42 Productions presents The Tinker’s Curse
PRETENDING TO BE ME
A witty, affectionate and intimate tribute to the poet Philip Larkin
"Courtenay is simply masterful" Sunday Times
"A rare, rich pleasure" Daily Telegraph
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY IN BLANCHARDSTOWN
FRIDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 8PM
Main Auditorium, Draíocht, Blanchardstown
Tickets: 20/16 conc
“What a man. What a poet. And what a performance” – Daily Telegraph
Sir Tom Courtenay hails from Hull where Philip Larkin, one of the foremost figures in 20th-Century English poetry, was a university librarian. In this hilarious and moving one man show, which Tom Courtenay devised and has performed in the West End, Larkin reflects wryly on writing and life.
Knighted in 2001, actor Sir Tom Courtenay is known for his film roles including Billy Liar, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Golden Compass, Last Orders, Dr. Zhivago and The Dresser, and he received Oscar nominations for his performances in The Dresser and Dr Zhivago. He has also won two BAFTA Awards for The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and A Rather English Marriage and was nominated for three others. His extensive stage work ranges from Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests to Uncle Vanya and Art and recent television performances include a part in The Royle Family.
And now you can see him in Blanchardstown for one night only!
“One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen – terrific” – The Times
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What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?
Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.
Autobiography At An Air-Station
Delay, well, travellers must expect
Delay. For how long? No one seems to know.
With all the luggage weighed, the tickets checked,
It can't be long … We amble too and fro,
Sit in steel chairs, buy cigarettes and sweets
And tea, unfold the papers. Ought we to smile,
Perhaps make friends? No: in the race for seats
You're best alone. Friendship is not worth while.
Six hours pass: if I'd gone by boat last night
I'd be there now. Well, it's too late for that.
The kiosk girl is yawning. I fell stale,
Stupified, by inaction - and, as light
Begins to ebb outside, by fear, I set
So much on this Assumption. Now it's failed.
COMING TO DRAIOCHT
AS PART OF A NEW LUNCH TIME THEATRE INITIATIVE
on Saturday 22 January at 2pm
An international hit by Barry McKinley
Starring Steve Curran, Ian Blackmore and Ann Russell
Nominated as BEST NEW PLAY in the 2010 IRISH TIMES THEATRE AWARDS
…. full of brilliant barbs and humour...the performances are uniformly excellent...a hugely enjoyable and thought provoking production.
Sarah Keating, Sunday Business Post
….a study in wizened impotent rage, measured out in wicked one-liners...it would be tempting to call the whole thing Beckett meets Shepard..
Peter Crawley, Irish Times.
….packed with punchy one-liners, the setting and quirky style of the piece brings to mind Sam Shepard, but what emerges is nearer Beckett.
Terry Byrne’s production acquires an ever increasing poignancy…brimming with apocalyptic undertones……….
Alan Chadwick, Glasgow Herald
….the playing is assured and beautifully timed ... and has a nice balance of cynical humour and genuine emotion.’
Michael Moffatt, Mail on Sunday
...(Barry McKinley) ‘handled his quirky scenario with intelligence and humour.... directed more than competently by Terry Byrne... with three good and convincing performances’.
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent
A Pandora Production
I Keano director Terry Byrne brings his acclaimed production of Elysium Nevada to Draiocht in Blanchardstown on Saturday 22 January in a new lunchtime theatre initiative this Season. The play, written by Carlow playwright Barry McKinley, got rave reviews from the critics when first presented in Bewleys Cafe Theatre last year, and was nominated as best new play in the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards.
An Arts Council supported tour followed which has taken the show all over Ireland. Then, a highly successful run in Glasgow played to packed houses and renewed critical acclaim.
Elysium Nevada is set in a retirement home on the edge of the Nevada Desert, with two grumpy old men, played in Odd Couple mode by Steve Curran and Ian Blackmore, chewing the fat over the old days and pondering how the grim reaper sneaks up in soft shoes armed with “a baseball bat”, while at the same time berating the young and their lack of manners and obsession with sex.
The play turns on its head as the elderly hot “babe” of the first act with the oxygen mask (Ann Russell) joins the conversation. New truths are revealed in a fascinating and poignant conclusion.
Writing in the Glasgow Herald, Alan Chadwick said -‘Packed with punchy one-liners, the setting and quirky style of the piece brings to mind Sam Shepard, but what emerges is nearer Beckett. This could be Endgame with Hamm and Clov in wheelchairs and Hawaiian shirts ...Terry Byrne’s production acquires an ever increasing poignancy … brimming with apocalyptic undertones’.
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Tickets: 14 euro / 10 euro concession
Saturday 22 January, 2pm
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Terry Byrne, Director, Phone 086-2266865; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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In March 2010, Draiocht in partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company, began working with 36 participants on the Write Here, Write Now Project; a project to support new writers in the Fingal area. Participants engaged in workshops, writer’s talks, theatre visits and one to one feedback on their work in progress. A long list of 16 was drawn up in May 2010 and in September, 6 out of those 16 scripts were chosen to go forward to have a rehearsed reading with a professional director and cast. We are delighted to present to you ... the final 6.
SUN 28 NOV 2010