On Blueberry Hill

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Updated: September 12th, 2018

Fishamble: The New Play Company presents

On Blueberry Hill

By Sebastian Barry

Performed by Niall Buggy and David Ganly

Directed by Jim Culleton | Set & Costume Design Sabine Dargent |  Lighting Design Mark Galione | Sound Design Denis Clohessy | Dramaturgy Gavin Kostik | Stage Manager Steph Ryan | Production Manager Marie Tierney | Produced by Eva Scanlan


Lime Tree Theatre | Wed 20th & Thu 21st Feb | 8pm | €20/25

‘Now we’ve lived together in contentment, more or less, for nigh on twenty year. Like turtle doves. – In prison, I mean, for fuck’s sake, the chances of that.’

Following the critically-acclaimed world premiere production as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Olivier Award-winning Fishamble, and current Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, reunite for the revival tour of On Blueberry Hill to New York and on national tour in Ireland in 2019.

Fishamble are delighted to bring together Niall Buggy and David Ganly once again, in this production which critics called ‘superb’ (Irish Times), ‘phenomenal’ (Sunday Independent), and ‘outstanding’ (RTÉ Arena). In Sebastian Barry’s unique style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy and PJ, played by Niall Buggy and David Ganly.

This new play is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.

‘Ireland’s terrific Fishamble’ The Guardian (2015)
It’s hard to find a word that captures it adequately. ‘Superb’ will have to do.’ ★★★★ Irish Times
‘fantastic… an inspiring play… masterful performances… imaginative set.’ ★★★★ Sunday Times
‘Phenomenal… a superb, devastating play… fine performances… triumphantly directed… not to be missed.’ Sunday Independent

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels and plays have won, among other awards, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also had two consecutive novels, A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children. Sebastian Barry is the current Irish Fiction Laureate.
Niall Buggy is one of the leading Irish actors of his generation who has worked extensively on the stage and screen in Ireland, the UK and the US. Some of his better known roles include: the title role in Brian Friel’s Uncle Vanya, for which he won Best Actor at The Irish Times Theatre Awards and for his role as Casimir in Aristocrats for which he won the Time Out Award, Obie Award in New York, Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award. He also received the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance in Dead Funny. His performance in Juno and the Paycock won him Best Actor in the TMA Awards. Most recent theatre includes: Furniture by Sonya Kelly (Druid Theatre),You Never Can Tell (The Abbey Theatre), St. Joan (Donmar Theatre, London), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Translations (Sheffield Crucible), The Hanging Gardens (Abbey Theatre) and A Whistle in the Dark with the Druid/Murphy season. His later work also includes The Invisible (Bush Theatre), Plough and the Stars (Lyric, London and The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Translations (Broadway), Penelope (St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn). Film appearances include: The Duel by Chekhov Mr. Turner/Mike Leigh, Mamma Mia, Casanova, The Butcher Boy, Alien 3 and The Playboys. Television credits include: My Mother and Other Strangers/BBC, Jack Taylor 3/Taylor Made Films, Inspector Lewis, Dalziel and Pascoe, Father Ted, The Bill and The Professionals.
David Ganly trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. Theatre includes: Girl from the North Country, Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward); On Blueberry Hill (Fishamble); The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn); Once, Grease, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz (Olympia, Dublin); The Lonesome West (Tron, Glasgow); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey, Dublin/Irish Tour/US Tour);Shadow of a Gunman (Abbey, Dublin/Lyric, Belfast); The Threepenny Opera, The Weir (Gate, Dublin); King Lear (Theatre Royal, Bath); Drum Belly, Uncle Vanya, The Cavalcaders, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Abbey, Dublin); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Macbeth (Sheffield); Of Mice and Men (Watermill, Newbury); The Wizard of Oz (Palladium); Beauty Queen of Leenane – OFFIE nomination for Best Actor (Young Vic); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); The Wizard of Oz (WYP); The Field, John Bull’s Other Island, The Cavalcaders (Tricycle); Bedtime Story/The End of the Beginning (Young Vic/Union); Translations (NT); Hamlet, The Weir, Waiting for Godot (Northampton); Americans, The Quare Fellow (Tricycle/UK Tour); The Full Monty (Prince of Wales); The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court/Sydney Festival/Lyceum, NY); Russian Tales, The Cavalcaders (Meridian Theatre Company); The Talented Mr Ripley (Watford); Amphibians (YMCA, Wexford); Dancing at Lughnasa (Salisbury Playhouse); Shoot the Crow, Summerhouse (Druid Theatre);The Merchant of Venice (Lyric, Belfast); The Risen People, The Snow Queen (Gaiety, Dublin); The Plough and the Stars (SecondAge); Sexual Perversity in Chicago (TCD); Extremities (Andrew’s Lane); Carousel (Tivoli); Lunch with me Bloom (Dublin Castle); F! (Dublin Festival/Belfast Festival). Film includes: Sunset Song; Body of Lies; Hippie Hippie Shake; Space Truckers. Television includes: Casualty; Citizen Charlie; Dorothy Mills; Widow’s Peak; Upwardly Mobile; Doctors.

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