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 as an online broadcast on May 28th. More can be read on http://www.scriptsireland.com.
About the Plays and Truman Town
Truman Town Theatre exploded on to the theatrical circuit in March 2011 with their Play – Sunday Morning Coming Down. Written and directed by the company’s Artistic Director Mick Donnellan, the Play immediately sold out the Town Hall Studio for five nights on it’s first run. Following that, the crew brought the Play to Mayo, selling out Lisloughrey Lodge, Cong,The Valkenburg Niteclub, Ballinrobe and the Linenhall in Castlebar. It also enjoyed large audiences on the Main Stage on Galway’s Town Hall and went on a National Tour covering – Glor Ennis, St. John’s Listowel, Cork Arts Theatre and it sold out five nights at The New Theatre, Dublin. It was also performed by DRUID as a public reading during the Galway Arts Festival, 2009.
Truman Town followed this phenomenal success with a second Play – Shortcut to Hallelujah – in August 2011. Again, written and directed by Mick Donnellan, it deals hilariously with the curse on the Mayo football team. It sold out the Town Hall Studio, went on tour to Ballinrobe and the Linenhall in Castlebar and then down to St. John’s Theatre, Listowel Co. Kerry where the Play was requested back to headline Friday night of Listowel Writer’s week in May (28th) 2012.
Between this, a third Play was produced as part of the Galway Theatre Festival in 2011. It was titled Gun Metal Grey and sold out to great applause.
Shortcut to Hallelujah recently returned from Listowel Writer’s Week to perform on the Main Stage Galway for a wildly successful five nights. (June 26th – 30th. 2012)
Velvet Revolution, the fourth Truman Town production, also written by Mick Donnellan, was premiered in St. John’s Theatre, Listowel in February 2012. It went on tour to Kilmallock, Kenmare and Waterville, then up to Ballinrobe, on to Galway and recently ran for ten days as part of the Galway Fringe. It was mentioned as Highlight of the Galway Fringe on the Irish Times. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2012/0717/1224320250560.html. It was also performed in Campbell’s Tavern, Cloghanover, Headford, Electric Picnic and The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin.
Radio Luxembourg, Mick’s fifth Play, was bought by a London Film Company (Dixon/Baxi/Evans) and has been adapted for the screen.
The title for the movie version is “Tiger Raid”. Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it was accepted into the Tribeca film festival (2016) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh (2016).
El Niño is Mick’s first novel and was published in 2012 and he is currently in negotiations to sell the screen rights. Between that, he teaches writing at AIT Athlone while promoting his other novels including Fisherman’s Blues and Mokusatsu. You can read more about them here: https://mickdonnellan.com/want-to-buy-mick-donnellans-novels-on-amazon/
Most of 2020 has been working on the exciting screen adaptation of “Shortcut to Hallelujah” with Florence Films. The screenplay is titled “Sam” and is based around the gypsy curse supposedly set on the Mayo Football team as they returned home as All Ireland Champions in 1951.
“Sam” is set in the present day and the team haven’t won the Sam Maguire cup since. Drenched in Irish lyricism and modern day dark humour, the script has been been met with keen interest by film producers and actors throughout the industry.
More info here http://www.irishplayography.com/person.aspx?personid=18155