Tal­ents of seachai Kelly brought back to life at the School­yard

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Theatre Mak­ers Drama Com­pany will present ‘ The Tay­man, the Tom­cat and Oth­ers,’ the sto­ries of the late Ea­mon Kelly as told by Jack Healy, at the School­yard Theatre, Charleville on his Satur­day night, Novem­ber 11.

Sto­ry­teller Ea­mon Kelly was a house­hold name in Ire­land in the sec­ond half of the last cen­tury. He was a Tony Award nom­i­nated ac­tor fa­mous and beloved, largely through the me­dia of TV and ra­dio as a seanachai, or sto­ry­teller.

His stage shows were also a great suc­cess through­out the coun­try and be­yond. In this role he re­galed de­lighted au­di­ences with tales of his child­hood in Gneeveg­uilla in Kerry.

As his pop­u­lar­ity grew, he be­came a repos­i­tory for sto­ries of all kinds with fans from all over the world send­ing him tales in the hope of hav­ing them in­cluded in the reper­toire.

He was also a well-known “straight” ac­tor and in 1966 he was nom­i­nated for a Tony Award for his por­trayal of SB O’Don­nell in Friel’s ‘Philadel­phia Here I Come’.

Ea­mon Kelly died in 2001 and even though his sto­ries are still beloved of sto­ry­tellers through­out the coun­try his body of work has largely died out.

Jack Healy, to­gether with Cork City based di­rec­tor and play­wright Ger Fitzgib­bon, has put this new show to­gether with the in­ten­tion of giv­ing some of th­ese great sto­ries a new lease of life in front of a 21st Cen­tury au­di­ence.

Jack Healy is a Cork City based ac­tor and play­wright. Most re­cently he played the part of Michael in the ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of ‘Danc­ing at Lugh­nasa’ at the Ev­ery­man Palace, Cork. He played Joxer in the 2016 Ev­ery­man Palace pro­duc­tion of ‘Juno and the Pay­cock’. He has also toured a num­ber of other one-man­shows; The Great Hunger by Pa­trick Ka­vanagh and his own play, Shostakovich, based on the life of the Soviet com­poser.

Ger Fitzgib­bon is for­mer Head of Drama and Theatre Stud­ies at UCC. His own plays in­clude The Rock Sta­tion (pre­miered by Soho Theatre, Lon­don) and Sca, a mod­ern ver­sion of Sheridan’s School for Scan­dal. He has also di­rected ex­ten­sively. In June, with Jack Healy he di­rected his own play The Bed (based on the life of Shake­speare’s wife, Anne Hath­away) as part of Cork Mid­sum­mer Festival.

The tour is grant aided by Cork County Arts Of­fice and is hap­pen­ing by kind per­mis­sion of the Kelly fam­ily; book­ing at 087 1804870, cur­tain up 8pm.

Cork ac­tor Jack Healy who will tell the sto­ries of Ea­mon Kelly at the School­yard Theatre on this Satur­day night.

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