The Rise and Rise of the Healy-Raes

Posted on: 15th January, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The sell-out stage comedy that tells the story of the Healy-Rae political machine and how it brought the Kilgarvan family to political fame is back for its second tour this year. Written by Killarney actor and storyteller Ray O’Sullivan, who is originally from Glengarriff, ‘The Rise and Rise of the

Healy-Raes’ is also headed for a showing in The Westlodge Hotel, Bantry, on January 20, as part of the production’s winter run.

The two-act play tells the story of bachelor brothers Densey and PJ Doona who live their lives parallel to the rise of the Healy-Rae political dynasty. Hilarious at times, the play is also a poignant exploration of life in rural Ireland, loneliness, celibacy, marriage and how politics affects and changes people’s lives.

“My dream was always to write a play and see it staged. It’s a delight to see that people have enjoyed it so much to date,” Ray O’Sullivan said.

“We’ll be very interested to see how a West Cork audience will view the play. I think the director Aidan O’Connor has turned something ordinary into something we believe is very, very special and we hope the audiences in The Westlodge Bantry will feel the same way.”

The play sold out at all venues well in advance during its last run titled ‘The World Tour of Kerry’. The play was staged at Beaufort, Scartaglen, Castleisland, Killorglin, Kenmare, the Gleneagle, Listowel and Foilmore.

Michael Healy-Rae said that audiences will be surprised at what they see and described the play as something ‘far bigger than the Healy-Raes’.

“This is not just about the Healy-Raes. This is about a way of living that is very true to life. It is very honest and down-to-earth. It’s a much deeper play than people might expect,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“A lot of people might have a play in their head. But to actually write it and get it out on stage and see it out as a successful venture takes a very intelligent, talented bunch of people. The acting at times would literally put the hair standing on your head, it’s so real.”

Further Information and to book tickets €13 contact The WestLodge Hotel Bantry on 027 50360 or Contact Ray O’Sullivan 087 2279657.

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