A Papal Blessing
A brand new two-act play from a Killarney playwright guarantees to create a holy show all over Kerry. Ray O’Sullivan has penned another stage classic that’s set to create a holy show at venues across the county and beyond. Following on from his hugely-successful sell-out play, ‘The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes’, O’Sullivan has now turned to divine inspiration for his latest work. ‘A Papal Blessing’ tells the hilarious and sometimes deeply-poignant story of friends Martin and Seanie who were among the 300,000 people who attended the Youth Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul 11 in 1979.Both young men were at that Mass to witness the late Pontiff utter the famous words, “Young people of Ireland, I love you”. But their reasons for travelling to Galway that Autumn day couldn’t be more different.The consequences are that 40 years on, the Papal visit still casts a long, painful but fascinating shadow over the lives of those affected. With some hilarious exchanges and comedy-gold moments, the play also goes further to delve into issues of identity, love and the relentlessyearning to belong in an ever-changing rural Ireland.“I’m very proud and excited to stage my second play, following on from the success of “The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes”, Ray O’Sullivan said."I love to give people a good night out with lots of laughter. But in doing that, I also like to explore themes that still urge us to ask questions of ourselves, and even still tend to make us uncomfortable at times.“We’ve learned from our last play that Kerry people do love drama and love theatre. They expect high standards and I’m hopeful that A Papal Blessing will once again reach those high standards every audience deserves,” Ray added. Directed by Pádraig Dennehy, this brand-new, original two-act play stars Ray O’Sullivan (as Martin), Eoin O’Sullivan (as Seanie) and Ann Eager (as Mammy).
Ray O'Sullivan presents
A Papal Blessing - a comedy play
Saturday January 11th 2020
Venue: INEC Club
Doors: 7pm I Show: 8pm
Tickets: From €15
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