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YOUR MAN - 12-14 MAY 2018

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Your Man

An original play by Ian Phillips

Three performances only - 

Saturday, 12 May

Sunday, 13 May

Monday, 14 May

Doors open 7pm.  Play starts 7.30pm

Tickets - Adults $25, student and concession $20

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A word from Ian Phillips

A number of years ago it was suggested to me that the Irish Club was possessed of so many colourful characters that they were worthy of a play in their own right. 

I avoided the bait until I happened upon a script of The Brother by Eamon Morrissey which is an adaptation of the writings of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, aka Myles na gCopaleen). It was written as a one hander stage play. I hadn't laughed so much in a long time and it led to me searching out a copy of the collected works of Myles na gCopaleen.

Brian O'Nolan (born 5 October 1911, died 1 April 1966 - aged 54) was a public servant in Dublin who wrote under various pseudonyms to avoid running foul of government rules that forbade public servants from publishing written pieces. It was argued that this was in order to remain strictly non-political but I suspect it was also to avoid receiving criticism of government policies from within their own ranks.

O'Nolan's novels were written under the pen name Flann O'Brien while his wildly satirical column, Cruiskeen Lawn (published in The Dublin Times), was under the pseudonym Myles na gCopaleen.

Somehow six of the Irish Club's many notable characters and the bizarre stories of O'Nolan, as Myles na gCopaleen, took hold in the infertile soil of my brain.

It's interesting to note that O'Nolan came up with the name Myles na gCopaleen by appropriating it from fellow Irish writer Dion Boucicault's character of the same name (Myles-na-Coppaleen) who appeared in The Colleen Bawn. This play was performed by the Irish Community Players in 1977.

Initially I applied for the performance rights to The Brother but I was rejected so I thought, if it's good enough for Morrissey to plunder O'Nolan's work then I can do likewise.

I had read O'Nolan's (in the guise of Flann O'Brien) absurdist novel, At Swim-Two-Birds (one of his better known works), many years earlier and the germination of the play gradually began to take root. 

Six characters, the creation of the seemly omnipotent author, Your Man, inhabit the Flann O'Brien Memorial bar, a rundown ladies lounge. They are waiting for Your Man to provide them with new roles but Your Man seems to be undergoing some sort of writer's block for his output has been notably deficient for some time. 

While the characters wait they fill in time by reminiscing, squabbling, and occasionally taking matters into their own hands.

There are echoes of O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds and Morrissey's The Brother in this plot structure but Pirandello's Six Character's in Search of an Author could also stake a claim.

I do not wish to defame the notable Irish Club members I selected to use as characters by naming them, suffice to say that one of them is now departed to tiling heaven, another has moved overseas, and two of the cast members play themselves. I leave it up to you to determine which two they may be as well as who could qualify as role models for the remaining characters.

I started the writing process with the Myles na gCopaleen stories front and centre but almost immediately the six characters I had created took over and the script veered alarmingly off course. Despite my best efforts to drag it back the characters refused to be tamed and so I was forced to follow. I hope O'Brien would approve.

I present Your Man, a somewhat distracted nod to Myles na gCopaleen and homage to The Irish Community Players.

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