Media release from: Half Solid Productions
Date: Spring 2016
Available for interview: John Corless +353 87 984 3900
Kildysart GAA Club host Gaelic games comedy show.
The Pull, the popular comedy show written by John Corless and Liam Horan of Half Solid Productions, has been confirmed for Kildysart Community Centre on Friday, April 29 at 8.00pm. Local hosts on the night will be Kildysart GAA Club.
The Pull is a lively comedy set in the fictional town of Ballybore, where, bizarrely, the local GAA club claim to pre-date the foundation of the GAA itself by some 130 years.
“The Stone Kickers of Ballybore were around long before the GAA,” according to John Corless, “and it is believed in the area, that the founders of the GAA sent spies to Ballybore to witness this new sport and report back and that Gaelic football was developed as a result of the hours of painful endeavour by those famous but forgotten man (and indeed some women).”
Things aren’t quite right either in the modern day Ballybore.
“Ballybore GAA club are €1,150 in debt – a not inconsiderable quantum, and on top of that the club is held in very low esteem locally,” according to John. “The club sets about trying to solve both problems and accidentally decides to pull a truck around their home town to raise money and get themselves in the Guinness Book of Records.”
Instead of the whole club rallying around the event, matters are left ‘to the usual one or two, really just one’. Things don’t go according to plan – in fact, it might be said that the actual plan itself is not the most convincing instrument ever produced.
In the midst of the panic and the unconventional attempts at fundraising, there are a number of other sub-plots for the audience to enjoy. Audiences will be treated to the four cornerstones of Irish culture – sport, politics, romance and religion and many may recognise the characters created by the Half Solid team. The Pull is suitable for all ages and runs for two periods of approximately fifty minutes. (There is no need to change sides at half-time.) The Half Solid Productions team are looking forward to bringing the show to Kildysart.
“We are touring all over Ireland and it will be great to stage it in conjunction with Kildysart GAA,” added John. “We’re looking forward to a great night.”
The show starts at 8.00pm and admission is Adults: €15, U18's €10, & U12's €5. Tickets can be purchased from club members and on the door on the night. Paradoxically, the event will double as a fund-raiser for Kildysart GAA, but the authors are keen to emphasise that any similarities between Ballybore and Kildysart clubs are entirely accidental.
“Kildysart have been a very prominent club in GAA history over many years. Ballybore can only dream of such glory,” said John.
John Corless is a well-known poet and playwright who has an MA in Creative Writing. He is the author of two poetry collections. ‘Are you ready?’ was published by Salmon in 2009 and ‘A Single Mission’ out this spring. His plays include A Great Consolation, The Customer, Getting It Straight,Fog, Invitation to Dance, The Interview, Special Training and The Visitor. His radio plays include Postcard, Number Crunchers and Cool Together. He is Director of the Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama.
Liam Horan is a former Gaelic games correspondent of the Irish Independent, and creator of the popular Championship Man series on RTE Radio One. Liam performed in The Pull for the first three years of its highly-successful run.
Eamonn O’Shiel is a fairly new addition to the team. This is his first season with Half Solid having previously performed on stage with Rasper Players, EndNote and others. His TV and Film credits include work for AliveInside Pictures and Flynn MacAodha Films.
All enquiries to:
Half Solid Productions, Coolaght, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 94 95 42965 / +353 87 9185 867
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