Talents of seachai Kelly brought back to life at the Schoolyard
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.