Donal O’Kelly brings his play home to Manor

Donal O'Kelly and Sorcha Fox in Little Thing, Big Thing.
Commissioned by award winning company Fishamble Little Thing, Big Thing is a new production by Donal O’Kelly touring to 16 venues including the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Wednesday and April 2 & 3.

Commissioned by award winning company Fishamble Little Thing, Big Thing is a new production by Donal O’Kelly touring to 16 venues including the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Wednesday and April 2 & 3.

Directed by Jim Culleton, and featuring Manorhamilton based actors Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly, this play has been getting great reviews.

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!

Donal O’Kelly 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.

Both Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox were previous Arts Council Theatre Artists in Residence in The Glens Centre.

They return to the Glens with Little Thing, Big Thing on Wed 2nd and Thurs 3rd of April at 8.30pm.

Tickets are €15/12 and can be booked by calling the Glens on 071 98 55833 or online at www.theglenscentre.com