An innovative GAA venture has been created by Mayo men Liam Horan and John Corless.
The Pull is the first comedy show by Half Solid productions, a company set up in 2012 by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Horan and well-known writer and poet Corless. The comedy show is now being toured by the two men – who double as the actors – at GAA club venues all over Ireland. They have just completed a 25-show tour and, due to popular demand, are now putting dates in the diary for the 2014 spring and autumn seasons.
Liam said The Pull is a fundraising opportunity for clubs, as well as presenting an opportunity for club members to enjoy a night of GAA fun. “It’s an easy undertaking for the club as all they have to do is put the venue at our disposal, sell the tickets and run a raffle on the night, if they wish. We do the rest. Without huge effort, a club can make anywhere between €1,000
and €4,000 – and we would also emphasise that it is a fun night out for a club and community,” he said.
The Pull is a lively comedy based on a fictional GAA club Ballybore, that, ironically, runs into debt. Another quirk of Ballybore GAA Club is that it claims to have pre-dated the foundation of the GAA by some 130 years.
“It’s about a GAA club that finds itself in some financial trouble, but it’s not nearly as big as they think. Basically, they 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 dump 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,” added Liam.
Clubs who wish to stage The Pull can do so by contacting Liam Horan on +353 94 95 42965 / +353 87 9185 867. For more information on upcoming dates and news, www.halfsolid.com. The Pull is suitable for audiences of all ages.
All media enquiries to:
Half Solid Productions, Glebe St, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Tel: 094 95 42965 / 087 9185 867