Blue Raincoat Theatre Company plays the Project Arts Centre in their stage adaptation of Brian O’Nolan’s (Flann O’Brien) The Poor Mouth, running from 12th -24th November 2012. This production sees Sligo based Blue Raincoat Theatre Company complete a trilogy of original stage adaptations by Jocelyn Clarke, of the major novels of Flann O’Brien. Blue Raincoatʼs existing stage adaptations of At Swim-Two-Birds (2007) and The Third Policeman (2009) continue to garner international acclaim and touring success. Their adaption of The Poor Mouth has previously been nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Director (Niall Henry) and Best Supporting Actor (Bob Kelly).
Bónapárt Ó Cúnasa, is a resident of Corkadoragha – a remote region of Gaelic speaking Ireland where it never stops raining and where everyone lives in desperate poverty (and always will). Having embarked on a series of blood curdling adventures, Bónapárt has landed up in prison on a false murder charge. “Safe in jail and free from the miseries of life” he begins to write the most affecting memoir of our times.
An Béal Bocht (The Poor Mouth) is Brian OʼNolanʼs Irish language masterpiece and remains amongst the greatest novels ever written in Irish, many of which it gently parodies. It was first published in 1941 and was the only one of OʼNolanʼs novels written under his Myles na gCopaleen byline – a more anglicized Myles Na Gopaleen was his actual Irish Times pen name.
The Poor Mouth opens on November 12th 2012 at Project Arts Centre Dublin and runs until November 24th. Tickets can be booked through the Project Arts website.
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