Following the success of The Sweety Bottle last month, Brassneck Theatre Company have just gone into rehearsals for a new bitter sweet comedy from Northern Ireland’s well-known screen writer, playwright and director Pearse Elliott.
Man In The Moon is a one-man show and will star young comedy actor Ciaran Nolan. The comedy dream team have worked together in the past on Elliott’s hit movie Man About Dog and TV show Pulling Moves. Now they are back and audiences are in for a treat as this darkly comedic rollercoaster of a production will put Nolan’s acting abilities to the ultimate test.
A story of survival, Man In The Moon centres on Belfast man Sean Doran who is facing a number of challenges in his life. The play is set at the Half Moon Lake, a natural lagoon in the middle of Lenadoon Housing Estate in west Belfast, which although beautiful is known as a place of tragedy.
The situation Sean finds himself in is one that many people in Britain and Ireland have to contend with today. He has recently been fired from his job and had his house repossessed. To make matters worse, his girlfriend has left him and taken their child. Over the course of one moonlit evening, we join Sean on a comical soul searching journey looking back through his childhood and teenage years. Sean takes us on a ghost hunt of some of the funny people he has known and hilarious situations he has experienced in his life, whilst trying to fashion sense of his recent run of bad luck.
“Life is tough for a lot of people these days and I have known of a number who have found it all too difficult and have sadly taken their own lives. I wanted to write a euphoric and uplifting play that would celebrate those people but also shine a light on some of the issues affecting people here today. Man In The Moon is a fast, sharp black comedy about how we handle the stuff that’s thrown at us and how that defines who we are.”
“Ciaran is one of the best young actors in Ireland today and this part has been written for him. This is my first one-man show and myself and Brassneck are asking Ciaran to put himself on the line with this role which has a bitter-sweetness at its heart. Audiences who know and love him for his funny bones are going to be blown away by what they see.”
Man In The Moon is being produced and directed by Brassneck Theatre Company whose recent smash-hit show The Sweety Bottle sold out audiences in the Grand Opera House’s main auditorium. Arguably best known for one-woman show A Night With George, Brassneck are also pushing their creative boundaries with this new play, which although comedic in many senses, also deals with deeply serious and relevant subject matters.
Director Tony Devlin believes the show is so powerful that it could save lives and that the use of comedy to tell this dark story will touch audiences in a very unique way:
“I have drawn parallels with the Will Smith movie Pursuit of Happyness. Sean is our Chris Gardner and throughout Man In The Moon he talks and tries to make sense of his life and all the bad events that have come his way. Reflecting on the people he has lost to suicide, Sean looks for a way to deal with everything and troop on. This is a story of survival, choices and how we can make a difference in this world.”
Man In The Moon opens at Roddy McCorley’s in Belfast on 20 and 21 September before transferring to the Grand Opera House for two weeks and then embarking on a Northern Ireland tour:
Roddy McCorleys, Belfast Fri 20 & Sat 21 September
Grand Opera House, Belfast Mon 23 Sept – Sat 05 October
An Cultúrlann, Belfast Thurs 17 October
Craic Theatre, Coalisland Fri 11 October
Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey Sat 12 October
Marketplace, Armagh Fri 18 October
Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick Sat 19 October
Donegal Celtic FC, Belfast Thurs 24
An Cultúrlann, Derry Fri 25 October
St Canice’s Hall, Dungiven Sat 26 October
For tickets contact the venues directly. For more information on Brassneck visit www.brassnecktheatrecompany.com