Monday, 21 January 2013

Ailliliú Fionnuala at Maynooth

Special performance of Ailliliú Fionnuala by Donal Kelly for NUI Maynooth. 

Monday February 4 @ 7:30 in Classhall F, Arts Building, North Campus
(# 35 on map available here).
This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Facebook event here.
Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly, directed by Sorcha Fox, and designed by Robert Ballagh, Ailliliú Fionnuala takes place on the shore of Sruwaddacon Estuary in Erris, North Mayo, where the Shell high-pressure raw gas pipeline is currently under construction.

Ambrose Keogh works for Shell. When the Tunnel Boring Machine he named Fionnuala sinks into the bog in Erris Co. Mayo, he is magically confronted by Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. Fionnuala puts a geas on him – he’s bound to tell the truth about Shell’s operations in Erris, such as the attack on Willie Corduff in the Shell site at Glengad. During his ordeal, Ambrose comes face to face with his primary school classmate, Malachy Downes, now an anti-pipeline activist, and echoes from the past resound.

Ambrose Keogh was the silent minion in Donal O’Kelly’s international success Bat The Father Rabbit The Son, premiered by Rough Magic in 1988, and touring to acclaim in Edinburgh, New York and Australia. A quarter of a century later, Keogh’s found his niche in the corridors of power, at the heart of the Shell/Corrib gas project.

A writer and actor, Donal O’Kelly’s previous award-winning solo plays include Catalpa, Joyced! and Bat The Father Rabbit The Son. Other plays include The Cambria, Jimmy Gralton’s Dancehall, The Adventures Of The Wet Señor, Vive La, Operation Easter, Asylum! Asylum! and The Dogs.

“Cuts a swathe through Shell/State propaganda, allowing audiences to access the truth of what’s happening in North Mayo” Hot Press
“A stirring piece of theatre” Irish Theatre Magazine
“Highly entertaining while packing a punch” Exeunt Magazine
“O’Kelly performs superbly” Sunday Independent 

“Digs for truth beneath the controversies” Irish Times 
“Why a drill and a play are at the centre of Irish democracy” Irish Independent

Supported by the justice and human rights organisation Afri.Hosted by the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism.