Monday 1st - Saturday 6th July at 8.00pm
ORION PRODUCTIONS in association with BLUE MOON THEATRE COMPANY
presents an IRISH PREMIERE of
by William Mastrosimone
5 stars - Entertainment.ie
5 stars - Sunday Times
Hot on the heels of widespread critical acclaim, ORion productions in association with Blue Moon Theatre Company presents the opportunity to see the remarkable Irish Premiere of 'The Woolgatherer' by Emmy Award-winning author William Mastrosimone.
Hailed by the Sunday Times as "triumphant theatre" and by Entertainment.ie as “mesmerising” which also goes onto say "both O’Riordan and Hough delivered performances that were raw, captivating and poignantly honest.This theatrical highlight which has just had a two week sell out success is now back and touring!
Eithne Shortall, The Sunday Times, wrote, "There is a lot about this production that could have gone wrong: a play never before performed in Ireland, a small theatre company, American accents. Yet Blue Moon’s finished product is one of those inspiring instances in which small theatre rivals the big players for quality and excitement. William Mastrosimone’s two-hander was a great find. Rose is a woman damaged by experiences in her youth and now trying to live a “nice” life. She doesn’t drink, curse, or make fun of situations. She invites Cliff back to her studio apartment, but her intentions are purer than those of the heavy-set trucker. There is compelling interplay between the considered and quietly complex characters. Both Sinéad O’Riordan and Michael Hough give knockout performances."
Set in South Philadelphia, this award-winning "dram-edy" centers around Rose and Cliff, two neurotic people searching for love. It is truly a hysterical play in both the crazy and funny sense of the word.
In her dingy apartment with boarded-up windows Rose is a dumpy mess of shut-off emotional valves, topped by a psychosomatic rash, the very picture of total anemia and terminal humourlessness. She works at a five-and-dime behind the candy counter. She dreams of true love and how she'll meet a man one day who is perfect for her, a guy "with a smile you can hang onto."
Cliff is a foul-mouthed, wise-cracking transcontinental truck driver who gets stuck in Philadelphia when his truck breaks down.Cliff is the most exotic guy Rose has happened upon -a constant traveller, while Rose has been, as he says, "cooped up too long." And to Cliff, Rose is a homebody who could well be the perfect anchor for his lifelong drift.
Sinéad O' Riordan, who has just completed a national tour of another two hander, David Mamet's 'Oleanna' with Company D, plays the dreamy Rose.
Michael Hough, whose recent screen roles include 'Albert Knobbs', 'Grabbers' and the TV series 'Mattie', plays the brash Cliff.
Produced by Sinéad O' Riordan (ORion Productions) and directed by
David Byrne, Artistic Director of Blue Moon Theatre Company,
and founder of Underground Cinema.
Tickets: €15, €12 conc.; Groups of 10 or more €10