Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Age: All Ages
Booking Required: No
CROSSWORD: A New Play by Katie Holly coming to Mallow Library.
Crossword is a new play written by the talented Cork author Katie Holly.
Crossword looks at the lives and motivations of two characters, Brian and Harry, through a series of interactions in their local Library. Harry, an older man, recently retired, seeking to keep himself active and informed, and Brian a young arts graduate looking for a job and trying to decide a career path for himself. Brian searches the job section of the newspapers. Harry does the crossword. From two different generations, they have two very different reasons for being in the library…and different things to be angry about; everything from the problems of retirement, to the reduction of the pink snack from three pieces of chocolate to two…Crossword is about finding the language to say how you are feeling – and then finding someone to whom you can say it.
The play’s author, Katie Holly, is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork. In the past four years she has established herself as one of ireland’s most interesting new playwrights Her first play Marion starring Laura O’Mahony (RTE’s ‘Bridget and Eamon’ and ‘The School’) premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2016 Her second play Sharon featured at Cork Midsummer Festival in 2017 and was immediately invited to West Cork Fit Up Festival where Graham Norton attended and tweeted about the show which was a massive boost to cast and crew! It was recorded and broadcast as a radio play on RTE Radio 1. Crowman, her third professional play, is currently touring nationally starring Jon Kenny. Katie has received bursaries from Cork County Council in 2016 and 2018 to support her writing. Crossword is her first play commission.
Danny Buckley as ‘Harry’
Danny Buckley from Mallow is a well known for his acting and his work as a Drama teacher. He played “Junior” in the RTÉ All Ireland winning cast of ‘Conversations on a Homecoming” with Palace Players in 2015. He also directed ‘The Quiet Land’ with Palace Players which won the All Ireland One -Act Drama Finals in Letterkenny in December 2017.
Tadhg Hickey as ‘Brian’
Tadhg is an award winning comedy writer and performer. He co-wrote and performed the play ‘Love all’ (“currently the funniest, smartest and most entertaining show on the stage.” The Irish Times), and has written and starred in numerous prize winning short films including ‘Uisce Beatha’ (Filmmakers’ Prize, DC Shorts festival, Washington). Tadhg has written and played lead roles in all of CCCahoots’ critically acclaimed output for RTE thus far which amounts to a TV series (‘The School’); a sketch show TV pilot (‘Sketch!’); and two RTE Player series (‘Comedy Bites’ and ‘(R)onanism’). He has recently been awarded an Arts Council bursary to write his first full stand-up comedy show. Tadhg’s sitcom script, Taking Stock, was recently shortlisted by the prestigious BBC Writersroom.