After Luke & When I Was God
Blood in the Alley & Irishtown Productions
Written by Cónal Creedon
Directed by Geoff Gould
Cast: Donncha Crowley, Aidan O’Hare, Denis Foley
When I Was God
It’s FAI Cup Final day. Referee Dino Keegan is retiring from the game… At half-time the spotlight shines directly down on Dino Keegan as the ghosts of his past visit him in his dressing room. On the field of dreams, the referee is God, but what happens when God is made man?
Inspired by the parable of the Prodigal Son, in St. Luke’s Gospel. It explores the greed-driven frenzy surrounding the property market. The action unfolds in that contentious place where concrete and asphalt meet pasture and stone and urban necessity collides with the rural ideal – with devastatingly tragic consequences.
Two plays from Cónal Creedon’s Second City Trilogy. The Trilogy was commissioned by the European Capital of Culture and was produced by Cork Opera House/Blood in The Alley in 2005, directed by Geoff Gould. Due to public demand, the production ran for an unprecedented 12 weeks at the Halfmoon Theatre before transferring to the main Cork Opera House stage.
2009 – The plays had their American Premier at The Irish Repertory Theatre Company in New York. The production achieved high critical acclaim and was the festival hit at the NY Theatre Festival 2009. Due to public demand the production run was extended, and was nominated for Best Actor, Best Production, Best Direction and Best Design at the New York Theatre Awards. The production was Awarded Best Director.
2010 – After Luke & When I Was God had their Chinese premiere when they were chosen to feature as part the Official Irish Cultural Programme at the Shanghai Expo 2010.
“Mr. Creedon’s words are enough to create a world that is at once comic and dramatic, poetic and musical.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“…powerful dynamic conflict totally an exciting and engaging double bill.”
TOTAL THEATRE USA
“…vigorously sustained by stylish performances and an ingenious script which marries comedy and pathos with a sure hand. They’ll love it. It’s impossible not to.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“…tense, funny and pointed minutes, convincing and memorably skilful. When I Was God is both a treat and a treasure.”
THE IRISH TIMES
Playwright & Cast:
Cónal Creedon | Playwright
Cónal is a playwright, novelist and documentary film-maker. www.conalcreedon.com
Donncha Crowley | Cast
Donncha was born in Cork, Ireland. He studied Irish and Old Irish language for his BA degree and travelled in Europe and North Africa. He began to act in the mid-eighties and has worked for many theatre companies in Ireland, England and Scotland. His favourite playwrights are Creedon, Beckett, Synge, J.B. Keane, Friel and Buchner. His most recent stage appearance was in, An Beal Bocht (The Poor Mouth) by Flann O’Brien. He lives in Dublin where he helped set up Ireland’s first actors’ co-operative agency. Screen credits include the current comedy TV series An Crisis, Father Ted, Ballykissangel, Kings, The General and The Runway which is due in the cinemas later this year.
Aidan O’ Hare | Cast
Aidan is from Cork, Ireland. his theatre credits Include: Girl from Gdansk (Washington D.C), Love Peace and Robbery (Irish Tour), Before the Flood (Royal Court London), Tilt (Glasgow Citizen Theatre), The Shadow of a Gunman (Glasgow Citizen Theatre), The Tempest (Corcadorca ), Duck – Max Stafford Clarke (Royal Court London and UK tour), Loosing Steam (Corcadorca), Ladies and Gents (Brighton Festival), Willpower (Almeda, London), Blue (London), Crystal (Meridian), Scenes From An Execution (Manchester), Samburi (Tanzania), The Devils (Manchester), Life is a Dream (Manchester), The Seagull (Manchester), Our Country’s Good (London). Film and TV Credits Include : The Runway, 65, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, My Brothers, Switch (BBC), Feel The Force (BBC).
Denis Foley | Cast
Denis trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin. He was last seen in Buck Jones and The Bodysnatchers in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2009. Before this, Denis was delighted to take part in the West Cork Fit-Up Tour for Blood in The Alley Theatre Co. in a production of, When I Was God. Prior to this, he starred in a new play, The Fisherman’s Son, which was commissioned by The Theatre Hub initiative in Limerick. This followed a very exciting and challenging production for Ouroboros Theatre Co., working on scenes from a number of plays by Brian Friel which were performed as part of the 80th birthday celebrations for the writer in Paris and Louven last June. Other theatre credits include the hugely popular, Buck Jones and the Bodysnatchers (the Georgian House, Limerick) and was nominated for Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2009. Tic (Bewley’s Café Theatre), I Keano (The Olympia and Irish and UK tour), Second City Trilogy (Cork Opera House), This Lime Tree Bower (Civic Theatre and national tour), Stones in His Pockets (UK and Irish tour), Macbeth (The Olympia and national tour), Deadman’s Beard (Everyman Palace Cork and national tour), Arms and the Man (Gate Theatre). Film and Television credits include: Single Handed (RTÉ/ITV), The Clinic (RTÉ), Tomme Finnes (Short), Trouble in Paradise (RTÉ), Rough Diamond (BBC), Janie Mary (Short), Showbands 2 (RTÉ), Pure Mule (RTÉ), Ár Dóver Féin (TG4).