Seamus O’Rourke, Carrigallen’s actor, writer and storyteller made headlines at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, but came away without winning any awards.
Seamus brought his play ‘Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking’ by Big Guerilla Productions to Edinburgh this year and performed 26 dates at the popular and high standard Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The play got a “Highly Recommended” stamp of approval by Fringe Review publication.
The show “is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and holy water salad dressing: Funny and tender.”
The play had been mentioned in people’s top performances and must see at the festival, which has over 6,000 acts.
Lynn Ruth Miller reviewer for the Fringe Review called O’Rourke a “fine actor”, “magnificent storyteller and a beautiful writer.”
Commenting on the content the reviewer says “It is very Irish, very Catholic, very touching all at the same time.”
She was impressed with O’Rourke’s change of character switching mood, sex and age through inflection of his voice alone.
“The review says it is a “lovely story” where “God was the one who took the knees out of our trousers”. It says the plot is charming, and the pace is punctuated by O’Rourke removing and repositioning blocks that form the backdrop on stage.
He becomes all the characters in his panorama of Irish life at the end of the last century and never misses a beat. His performance is breathtaking. He is charming, the story compelling and the staging, pace and direction compelling.”
The 90 minute show “melts away” with smiles and the writer ends by saying simply “I loved this show.”
The performances failed to win any Fringe Award for the Carrigallen playwright.