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Fri 8 Jul - Sat 9 Jul  

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Tickets €21.00
Concession: €16.00
Garter Lane Friends: €16.00


God Bless the Child by Frank O'Connor

To mark the 50th anniversary of Frank O'Connor's death, and following its sold-out run in Waterford, Garter Lane Theatre brings back Patrick Talbot Productions' smash hit God Bless the Child based on the stories of Frank O'Connor - first confessions are the hardest!

In 1966, 50 years ago, the legendary writer Frank O'Connor passed away. But his much loved stories have stayed with us and audiences will have the chance to relive three of those funniest stories: My Oedipus Complex, The Genius and First Confession brought together within a single full-length play, in a hugely entertaining and uplifting night of theatre. 

Meet young Michael, who goes into mortal combat with his father when he returns from the First World War, Larry, a genius who can't understand why the world can't keep up with him, and Jackie, who has the grim task of not only making his first confession and communion, but must also deal with his very obstreperous grandmother. Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless The Child will be a must see.

Adapted for the stage and directed by Patrick Talbot, and starring Ciaran Bermingham (Game of Thrones, Killnaskully, Bittersweet, The Tudors, Shane Casey (The Republic of Telly, The Wind That Shakes the Barley), and Gary Murphy, (Love Hate, The Tudors, The Clinic, Ripper Street, Moone Boy, Vikings), with set design by Jim Queally, lighting by Paul Denby, costume design by Mary Newman and sound design by Cormac O'Connor.

'Frank O Connor's hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage' **** The Observer
'A thoroughly enjoyable parceling of three of Ireland's best short stories' ****The Irish Times 'Clearly a labour of love..this play is a moving tribute to one of Ireland's best writers' ****The Irish Independent

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