A new play with a Gaelic games theme is now touring various GAA venues throughout Ireland, following its successful premiere Breaffy, Co. Mayo, on Friday, September 28th.
The Pull is the first play from Half Solid Productions, a company established by Mayo writers and actors Liam Horan and John Corless.
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.
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 claims 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.
In the midst of the panic and the cack-handed attempts at fundraising, there are a number of other sub-plots for the audience to enjoy. The Pull is suitable for all ages.
Ironically, given the theme of the play, The Pull can be used by local clubs as a fund-raiser, and Half Solid Productions are keen to hear from clubs who would like to host the play.
The following are the forthcoming dates for the play:
Friday, November 2nd – Michael Glavey’s GAA Club, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon;
Saturday, November 3rd – Ballinhassig GAA Club (Marian Hall), Ballinhassig, Co. Cork;
Friday, November 16th – Caherlistrane GAA Club, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway;
Friday, November 23rd – Na Piarsaigh GAA Club, Limerick;
Saturday, November 24th – Ballygiblin GAA Club (Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown), Co. Cork;
Friday, November 30th – St Vincents GAA Club, Dublin;
Saturday, December 8th – Clonbur GAA Club (Fairhill House Hotel, Clonbur), Clonbur, Co. Galway.
For more information, visit www.halfsolid.com.
All enquiries to: Liam Horan, Half Solid Productions, Glebe St, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Tel: 094 95 42965 / 087 9185 867