The Tayman, The Tomcat and Others.
The Stories of Eamon Kelly in a new performance by Jack Healy.
Directed by Ger Fitzgibbon.
Eamon Kelly was an Irish actor who was born in Gneeveguilla in Kerry in 1914. Having trained orriginally as a woodwork teacher, he became a regular at the Abbey and Gate theatres in Dublin and was a member of the Radio Eireann Players. In 1966 he ws nominated for a Tony award for his portrayal of SB O’Donell in Friel’s Philladelphia Here I Come. Many will remember him as “The Seanachaí” telling stories drawn from the Kerry of his childhood.
Jack Healy is a Cork city based actor and playwright. He has written scripts for The Everyman Palace Cork, RTE Radio and Macra Na Feirme. He has written extensively for children. His play, The Man in the Moon (with Enda Walsh, based on a story of Jack’s) was premiered at the Deptford Studios London in 2009. With his own company, Theatre Makers he wrote Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables. He has done a number of one-man-shows. In 2013 he performed his own script Shostakovich at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the “Rest is Noise” festival. Most recently he played the part of Michael in the acclaimed production of Dancing at Lughnasa at the Everyman Palace. He played Joxer in the 2016 Everyman Palace production of Juno and the Paycock.
Ger Fitzgibbon is former Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC. His own plays inculde The Rock Station (premiered by Soho Theatre, London) and Sca, a modern bersion of Sheridan’s School for Scandal. He has directed extensively; Not I (Beckett) for Gaitkrash Theatre Company, Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger for Theatre Makers amongst others. In February 2016 he directed O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock for the Everyman Palace. In June, with Jack Healy he directed his own play The Bed (based on the life of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway) as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.