Sunday, March 15, 2015
I had flu in early February, ran a high temperature and had a dream that a lovely nurse type lady came to watch over me. Unfortunately, she disappeared when my temperature dropped to normal levels.
But I decided to write her into a short story and found the name, Lololi, for her, which is a West African name, meaning, there is always love.
I wrote the story, like I write most of my stuff, for myself mainly, but while browsing writing.ie, I saw that the Axis Theatre in Ballymun, was running a Northside Love Stories competition, where the ten winning entries are read before each showing of 'The Good Father' production.
So I was delighted to be chosen as the opening night winner and was given four tickets and an invitation to the opening night after show party. I've also won a workshop with Colm Keegan, so I'm looking forward to that.
The Good Father was written by Christian O'Reilly and directed by Mark O'Brien. The two actors are Emmet Kirwan and Nyree Yergainharsian.
I would highly recommend this play to everyone. It is fast paced, witty and refreshing to see contemporary Ireland reflected back to us. It was also interesting to see the old Irish male stereotype of fatherhood completely overhauled especially in the world we live in where Irish fathers have become much more involved in the raising of our children.
Christian O'Reilly is a skillful writer. I spent a lot of time thinking, I wish I'd written that line, but gave up after a while because it was all just so well written. The writing was true to that natural Dublin instinct to apply humour to every situation life throws at you, regardless of how tough. The actors were excellent. It almost felt like you were eavesdropping on a couple's private conversation. It was a very pared down set which let the writing and the acting shine through. Emmet Kirwan has a really natural musical rhythm to his voice and surely is an actor to watch for in the future.
Nyree Yergainharsian was terrific too, a really heartfelt performance.
My piece, Lololi, was read by Catherine Rutter, so huge thanks to her for reading it so well. If you would like to listen to it, it is on youtube here
The Good Father is running until 21st March and tickets are available here
Huge thanks to Niamh and everyone at the Axis Theatre for making our night such a great one. Drama is alive and well and thriving in Northside Dublin. Long may it continue.