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About God Bless the Child
To Mark The 50th Anniversary of Frank O'Connor's Death:
Patrick Talbot Productions Presents
God Bless the Child
First confessions are the hardest!
Based on stories by Frank O’Connor
Adapted for the stage and directed by Patrick Talbot
For ONE week ONLY, 6–11 June 2016 at the Gaiety Theatre
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 this June. God Bless The Child, adapted and directed by Patrick Talbot will run for one week at the Gaiety Theatre from 6th June. Tickets are now on sale.
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.
Booking details: God Bless The Child will run at the Gaiety Theatre for one week only from 6th – 11th June 2016. Performances: nightly 7.30pm with Saturday matinee 2.30pm on 11 June.
‘Frank O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage’ **** THE OBSERVER
‘A thoroughly enjoyable parcelling 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
‘I don’t often wax lyrical about a theatre production but God Bless the Child is something I would urge you to see…..it is a delightful theatre event’ **** THE IRISH NEWS BELFAST
‘Patrick Talbot’s delightful dramatization of Frank O Connor’s short stories……..works to perfection’ **** THE IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘There is an overwhelming indignant charm in O Connor’s child voice….Patrick Talbot has kept that voice alive in his adaptation and has directed his actors so that their wide-eyed innocence would break the proverbial heart of stone’ THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT