Little John Nee’s ‘The Derry Boat’ docks in Carrick

NO stranger to Leitrim theatre lovers the by now legendary actor, writer, and musician Little John Nee brings his brilliantly crafted tale of four generations of emigration between Ireland and Scotland to The Dock this Thursday, February 17.

NO stranger to Leitrim theatre lovers the by now legendary actor, writer, and musician Little John Nee brings his brilliantly crafted tale of four generations of emigration between Ireland and Scotland to The Dock this Thursday, February 17.

In a production that has garnered critical praise both in Ireland and in the US, Little John Nee is an unlikely gangster as he makes his entrance in The Derry Boat.

Cued by a dissonant crunchy electric guitar chord, Nee, as Shugie O’Donnell, crashes through the door of a corrugated metal shack in a rumpled black suit and tiny sunglasses, waving a gun and toting a large suitcase.

This sets the stage for an unlikely roller-coaster ride that tells the funny but poignant story of the four generations of migration between Ireland and Scotland. The Derry Boat celebrates the strong and vibrant links which have existed between Donegal and Scotland through the years. The play’s title is taken from the Derry/Glasgow ferry on which emigrants and travellers sailed back and forth from Donegal and Glasgow up until the 1960s.

Written and performed by Little John Nee and directed by Padraig Breathnach, The Derry Boat was described by The Washington Post as being “full of pleasant surprises, the chief one being Nee himself”. It’s a must see for all those who enjoy theatre that tells a real story about real characters in a humourous but deeply effecting way.

The Derry Boat begins at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at €16/€14 and are available for The Dock box office on (071) 9650828.