The Pull, the popular comedy show by Liam Horan and John Corless of Half Solid Productions, has been confirmed for the Darragh Cross GAC Community Hall, Co. Down, on Saturday and Sunday, December 27th and 28th, at 8pm.
The Pull is a lively comedy based on an “unreal real event that may or not have taken place in rural Ireland,” according to Liam. It is set in the fictional town of Ballybore, where, bizarrely, the local GAA club claim to pre-date the foundation of the GAA by some 130 years.
“It’s about a GAA club that runs into some financial trouble, but it’s not nearly as big a deal as they think. Basically, Ballybore GAA club are only €1,000 in debt but it feels like €1m to the main people involved in the club. They set about trying to solve the problem and decide to pull a truck around their home town to raise money and get themselves in the Guinness Book of Records. Chaos ensues and they end up getting in way over their heads”, explained Liam.
Instead of the whole club rallying around the event, matters are left ‘to the usual one or two, really just one’. Things don’t really go according to plan – in fact, it might be said that the actual plan itself is not the most convincing document 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. The Pull is suitable for all ages. Liam and John are looking forward to bringing the play to Darragh Cross for two nights over Christmas.
“We are touring all over Ireland and it will be great to stage it in conjunction with Darragh Cross GAC,” added Liam.
The show starts at 8pm on both nights and admission is £10. There will be disco after the show on both nights. Tickets can be purchased from club members. Paradoxically, the event will double as a fund-raiser for Darragh Cross GAC, but the authors are keen to emphasise that any similarities between Ballybore and Darragh Cross clubs are entirely accidental.
“Darragh Cross have been a very prominent club in Down GAA over many years. Ballybore can only dream of such glory,” said Liam.
Liam is a former Gaelic games correspondent of the Irish Independent, and creator of the popular Championship Man series on RTE Radio One. John is a well-known poet who has performed a number of readings in this region.
For more information, visit www.halfsolid.com/darraghcross