Padraig Potts Guide to Walking’ By Seamus O’Rourke Not in Competition
The 51st Festival opens with the Wonderful Seamus O’Rourke performing his own composition ‘Padraig Potts Guide to Walking’.
The play follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, who has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate… metaphorically that is… from growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the ’70s and ’80s to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl… to marrying Mary Tague, the priests’ housekeeper, who he never really liked… to getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vinegar… and eventually to the realization that the world isn’t as big as he first thought. This is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and Holy Water salad dressing… funny and tender.
As with all Seamus O’Rourke’s plays we expect to be highly entertained.
The Gala Opening night of the festival will be a celebration of the 50th festival with a special performance of Seamus O’Rourke’s play “Victor’s Dung” – not part of the competition.
Seamus O’Rourke is an award-winning writer, director and actor from County Leitrim. He tours Ireland regularly with his own self-penned shows. Seamus has over two million hits on YouTube and Social Media with his collection of short stories, recitations and sketches.
Play Synopsis Victor’s Dung is set in a farmyard, complete with its very own dung heap, outdoor toilet and rather poor broadband reception. It is the comic tale of Victor Maguire, a crude, vulgar, abrupt, un-PC Cavan farmer who gets a surprise one Friday morning. We are then taken on a whirlwind journey through Victor’s somewhat sad and unconventional life, meeting up with many a strange bucko along the way… Hold on to your hats… and your sweets (because there may be Cavan people in the audience)… this could get messy…
Cast: Seamus O’Rourke, Charlie McGuinness & Tommy Sharkey.