West United Football Player turns his hand to writing

May 24, 2011

West United Football Player turns his hand to writing

For many years Christian O’Reilly enjoyed a top class playing career with West United and the playwright took more than most from his time between the white lines as he has recently put his playing experience to good use with the penning of a new play called ‘Here We Are Again Still’. Legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once described football as “more important than life or death”. O’Reilly’s play is a celebration of soccer and it explores what it means and why it happens.
Now people say it is only a game but as anyone who played or follows it will testify – it is much more important than that. The play is funny and entertaining and based on two men, one older and one younger who discover an unlikely connection through their shared passion for the sport.
- Mike Rafferty, Connacht Sentinel, May 17, 2011

"If I was coaching some young lad over there, I'd tell him his job is simple: to allow yourself to play football. That means when someone tells you you're s***e, you tell yourself you're good. When they roar at you for making a mistake, you tell yourself mistakes are human. When they scream at you for missing an open goal, you say to yourself, 'I'll score the next one'. Your job -- your job more than anything -- is to encourage yourself because you can't rely on anyone else to do it for you. Does that make sense?"
Some lines taken from Christian O'Reilly's wonderful play 'Here We Are Again Still', coming to Draiocht on Tuesday 31 May, 8pm ...

Paddy sits on the same bench outside his flat every night, unable to sleep since the death of his wife. His elderly neighbour Imelda does her best to drive him indoors, but there’s no talking to him. Then one day Paddy is annoyed to find a troubled young man called Tony sitting on his bench. Despite his reluctance to connect with anybody, Paddy strikes up a grudging acquaintance with Tony and discovers in him a damaged soul struggling to deal with the past and fearful of the future. As they build a tentative friendship, they catch glimpses of matches played in the nearby playing fields and realise they share a forgotten passion for soccer. But Paddy hasn’t coached since he lost his wife to cancer and Tony hasn’t played since he lost everything to heroin. 

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Writer Dermot Bolger confirmed for Post Show Chat

May 18, 2011

Just confirmed, a post show chat and reading with writer Dermot Bolger, after this weeks 'The Parting Glass', Saturday 21 May, 8pm ... show lasts 92 minutes straight through, no interval ... http://www.draiocht.ie/events/the_parting_glass/

'In The Parting Glass, Eoin has come back to Ireland with his wife and their son Deiter after 15 years in Germany. Like many emigrants, he has always been bound to home by his relationship with his parents, and his mother's Alzheimer's has precipitated his move back. He returns a few years before the collapse of the Celtic Tiger. There's this sense that he is the lunatic who left the casino just before the slot machine paid out, he missed out on that. In the first play 'In High Germany', Eoin's father was also a returned emigrant. In 'The Parting Glass', all the things that happened the father happen to Eoin all over again. As the econony collapses, his son Deiter, now 20, faces the prospect of emigration, and Eoin realises that the whole process of people leaving the country to find work is a never-ending cycle' ... Dermot Bolger in conversation with Marc O'Sullivan, Irish Examiner

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THE TINKER’S CURSE is a heart-searing, heart-searching piece of work ...

February 14, 2011

Ten42 Productions presents The Tinker’s Curse

WED 2 MAR 2011 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €12 conc
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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."

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Tom Courtenay in Pretending to be Me

January 28, 2011


A witty, affectionate and intimate tribute to the poet Philip Larkin

Sir Tom Courtenay

"Courtenay is simply masterful" Sunday Times
"A rare, rich pleasure" Daily Telegraph

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

BOOK TODAY: TEL: 01-885 2622 or Book Online

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. 
Philip Larkin 

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. 
Philip Larkin 

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I Keano director Terry Byrne brings his acclaimed production of Elysium Nevada to Draiocht

January 14, 2011

I Keano director Terry Byrne brings his acclaimed production of Elysium Nevada to Draiocht


on Saturday 22 January at 2pm


An international hit by Barry McKinley
Steve Curran, Ian Blackmore and Ann Russell

…. 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’.


TEL: 01-8852622
Open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Or Book Online 24 hrs at www.draiocht.ie

Tickets: 14 euro / 10 euro concession
Draiocht Studio
Saturday 22 January, 2pm

BETELNUT CAFÉ MEAL DEAL: 30% of lunch with your show ticket on Saturday 22 January.



Terry Byrne, Director, Phone  086-2266865;  email byrnetp@eircom.net


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