Boom and bust in Irish play set for the Dunamaise

Ryan Dunne

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Ryan Dunne

Boom and bust in Irish play set for the Dunamaise

Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly, the play Bat The Father, Rabbit The Son will be staged this week at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

An explosive exposition of the generation of Irish men that led us to Boom and Bust, this is a struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality.

It’s Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit - a self-made haulage magnate - cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings.

The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up.

Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to an unforgettably dramatic climax.

First presented by Rough Magic for Dublin Theatre Festival 1988, Bat has toured to New York, Chicago, London, Edinburgh, Australia and New Zealand.

The play stages Thursday, January 31, at 8pm. Tickets are priced €16/€14