Friday, 19 October 2007

The Good Father - Irish Theatre - Nov 6 - 18, 2007

Earlier this year I had the intense pleasure of attending the play ‘A Night in November’ starring one-man-wonder Pierre Brault, from Seven Thirty Productions, Directed by transplanted Irishman John P. Kelly, luckily for us now residing in Ottawa. John trained at the renowned Abbey Theatre in Dublin and has directed on most of the major stages in Ireland. ‘A Night in November’ was highly recommended by theatre critics acclaimed had an incredible run at two Ottawa theatres, the second run being added due to demand beyond the first run. For that effort John has been nominated for Best Director by the Capital Critics’ Circle. I also managed to see another play under John’s direction at the Ottawa Fringe Festival this past summer. It was a fascinating view into the Irish life of a newly wedded couple and their rocky road through life. I don’t know what the critics said, but I’m really glad I went!

John P. Kelly now brings us ‘The Good Father,’ written by Christian O’Reilly, during November 6 – 18 at The Studio Theatre, Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (GCTC), Wellington at Holland (very close to Daniel O’Connell’s Pub). The Good Father premiered at the 25th Galway Arts Festival in July 2002, to wide public and critical acclaim, and has since been adapted for both RTE and BBC radio.

Described elsewhere as ‘a stark and fiercely intimate play by one of Ireland's most exciting new writers’ it centres around two lonely strangers, Jane and Tim, who find themselves cut off from the others at a New Years Eve party. Their lives would have been very different if Jane hadn't come up to Tim and asked…

Come out for a great play and begin, or continue, to support local Irish theatre. Hope to see you there! Opening night will be followed by a small party with live Irish traditional music! To reserve tickets at the box office: 613 236 5196, $20-25.