Seamus O’Rourke will star in Big Guerilla productions will present Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking at the Bohemian Centre, Ardee this Thursday 23 October at 8.30pm.
Playwright and director Seamus O’Rourke is a Leitrim who has become well known in the theatre world for tackling serious contemporary social issues through humour and some very quirky, but recognisable rural Irish characters.
Seamus is a writer, actor and director linked mainly with the Corn Mill Theatre Group, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. He has been heavily involved in the amateur drama scene for more than twenty years, featuring in the All Ireland Drama finals in Athlone on fifteen occasions.
In the finals, he has won: RTE Best Director in 2005 (Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn & Deirdre Ní Chaoimh), RTE Best Actor in 2010 (for John in Connor McPherson’s Shining City), RTE Best Supporting Actor in 2011 (Pato in the Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh), as well as being nominated for direction and acting on eight other occasions.
This new play follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan. Padraig has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate, metaphorically speaking.
We hear about him growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee in county Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s, to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect Protestant girl.
Then he marries Mary Tague, the priest’s housekeeper, whom he never really liked, and then getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, whom he claims invented vinegar, and eventually coming to the realisation that the world isn’t as big as he first thought.This is a story which has been been described as “full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and Holy Water salad dressing”.
It is funny and tender.
It’s performed by Seamus. Directed by Charlie McGuinness. Tickets are €10 and available from The Station, Hughie O’Neill’s, Caffrey’s Bakery at door on the night.