Truman Town Theatre Presents:
Date: Wednesday 9th of June
*Supported by Westmeath County Council Arts Office*
Cast: Sean O’Maille, Michael Irwin, Mary McHugh, Cathal Leonard, John McHugh, Jerry Fitzgerald.
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Nally is the latest production from Truman Town Theatre. Acted and directed through Zoom, it is based on the theme of rural isolation and centres around Padraig – a bachelor living in the West of Ireland. While we are initially introduced to a quaint, idyllic life, we soon see there is a sinister cloud on the horizon. Reports of crimes and intimidation in the local area pervade the general conversation and it’s only a matter of time before the new threat reaches Padraig’s door. Faced with persistent visits from two unwanted guests we witness Padraig deteriorate into a state of chronic anxiety and severe crippling fear. Forced to live in the cowshed for his own safety, and with a police force too stretched to help, he decides to defend himself in the most brutal way possible.
Inspired by true events, Nally is not without signature Truman Town elements such as dark humour, poetic dialect and controversy. At times a touching, poignant story, it drags the harsher side of humanity to the surface and highlights the dangers of living alone in modern rural Ireland.
About Mick Donnellan and Truman Town
Mick Donnellan completed the MA in Writing at NUIG in 2004. Since then he has worked as a novelist and as a Playwright with Druid (2009) and RTE (2010).
Later, he established his own theatre company, Truman Town Theatre. All Truman Town Plays are written, directed, and produced by Mick. The company exploded on to the theatrical circuit in 2011 with their hit Play – Sunday Morning Coming Down. Following a national tour, they went on to produce (and tour) two more hugely successful Plays Shortcut to Hallelujah and Gun Metal Grey. These dramas eventually became known as the “Ballinrobe Trilogy.”
Mick Donnellan on Irish Theatre Institute – http://irishplayography.com/person.aspx?personid=47564
The company toured a fourth Play, Velvet Revolution and a fifth Play – Radio Luxembourg which was immediately optioned by London Film Company Dixon/Baxi/Evans and adapted for the screen. Mick was taken on board as screenwriter on the Radio Luxembourg project.
After some months commuting to and from London, the script was finalised and a shoot organised in the Jordanian desert.
Titled Tiger Raid and Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it was accepted into the Tribeca film festival (New York) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh, and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.
You can watch the Trailer for Tiger Raid here: http://dixonbaxievans.com/tiger-raid/
In May 2020 Mick had a monologue chosen as part of the Scripts Ireland Play festival. After a week of intensive workshops with Playwright Eugene O’Brien, the monologue will be directed by Jim Culleton (Fishamble) and performed by Aaron Monaghan.
El Niño, Fisherman’s Blues and Mokusatsu are three published novels written by Mick. You can read more about them here: https://mickdonnellan.com/want-to-buy-mick-donnellans-novels-on-amazon/
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