The Source is set to welcome Asylum Productions’ controversial comedy, The Chronicles of Oggle.
This critically acclaimed show, directed by Thurles native Donal Gallagher, tours nationally this April, to mark the publication of the play by Bloomsbury in the UK.
Described by Gallagher as “an Irish Forest Gump, with a little less sugar”, the play tells the story of Pakie, an Irish everyman, growing up in the shadow of the Catholic Church and the ‘less-than’ Christian Brothers.
At one point in the play thanks to his own brilliant brand of logic, Pakie becomes convinced that he might be Jesus.
“Pakie may not be the sharpest sandwich in the toolbox, but in his struggle to make sense of his world, his naive reflections give an incisive and often hilarious insight into our institutional past,” says Gallagher.
The show stars Peter Gowen (of Love/Hate and various West End and Broadway appearances), who wrote the piece based on his own childhood in Youghal; the thinly disguised Oggle of the title.
The show was a surprise hit with audiences back in 2013, with standing ovations every night of its short run. The piece also garnered critical praise and was selected among the Irish Examiner Critics Choice Highlights of the year 2013.
But the subject matter has proven difficult for some.
Despite previous packed houses and standing ovations in his native town, the show’s return was cancelled at late notice, citing complaints from ‘un-named sources’.
Asylum is led by Gallagher and his wife Medb Lambert, (grand-daughter of the late great Eugene, of the Lambert Puppet Theatre) who designed the show and helped out on the script development.
The company have worked extensively with new writing over the past decade.
In 2005 they produced the critically acclaimed world premier of Enda Walsh’s Pondlife Angels, and Gallagher later directed the premier of Walsh’s Chatroom at the National Theatre in London.
The Chronicles of Oggle plays the Source Arts Centre Thurles on Thursday the 16th of April @ 8pm.
Tickets: €16/14. Bookings: (0504) 90204 or online at www.thesourceartscentre.ie.