The Pull, the popular comedy show by Liam Horan and John Corless of Half Solid Productions, has been confirmed for St Peter’s GAA club, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, on Saturday, December 7th, at 8pm.
The Pull was written by Mayo writers and actors Horan and Corless, and has recently enjoyed a successful 25-night run all over Ireland.
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 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 Dunboyne on Saturday, December 7.
“We are touring all over Ireland and it will be great to stage it in conjunction with St Peter’s GAA club, Dunboyne,” added Liam.
The show starts at 8pm and admission is €15. Paradoxically, the event will double as a fund-raiser for St Peter’s GAA club, but the authors are keen to emphasise that any similarities between Ballybore GAA and St Peter’s clubs
are entirely accidental.
“St Peter’s has been a very successful club down through the years. Ballybore can only dream of such glory,” said Liam.
Half Solid Productions will stage a special Theatre Workshop for 7-13 year-olds on the evening, starting at 6.30. Children wishing to take part just need to turn up at 6.30pm with a biro and notebook. There is no charge for the workshop.
For more information, visit www.halfsolid.com/dunboyne