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C.L.G. (Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) (2014) - Live audience recording from the White Bear Theatre

Here is a recently-discovered audience footage recorded at the White Bear in April 2014 of C.L.G. (Cúmann Luchthleas Gael), with James McAnespy and Paul Christian Rogers.

Wishing all our supporters all the Season's Greetings.

It's been a very eventful year at King's Fool, with our double-header C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael garnering five star reviews for it's run at the White Bear in April, and James working behind the scenes to graft new material for future productions.

Putting on a production at any time is always a risky venture and at a time when the economy is just emerging from the worst trough in living memory, there will always be challenges, so putting on two plays to a professional standard was an incredible achievement and one we'll always be proud of.

2015 holds such potential for us as we try to push into screen work, with James' as-yet-untitled Victorian bare-knuckle boxing film. As long as we can bring the same caliber of collaborator to this project as we have always done, we should have an incredible film at the end of it, but that's the work that needs to be done in the immediate term.

Don't forget to Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter for all the latest news and information on how you can get involved. Thank you for all your continued support, have a wonderful December, and we wish you all the best in 2015.

8 Reasons Why Your Wake Will Be Better Than Your Wedding.

1) Everyone will have come to see you, of their own volition.

Not because you guilt-tripped them by having it on your birthday as well.

2) You won't be paying for it.

Well you might be, but it's not like you're going to be checking your balance any time soon.

3) If any tributes are made, the jokes about you will be based on a recognisable trait of your personality, not some convenient fictional version that fits in with the rent-a-speech someone lifted off the internet.

Cringe!

4) Nobody's dress will upstage you

And you won't have to dress like this to make sure

5) Nobody would dare break the colour coordination

Someone didn't get the memo.

6) Everyone will be getting drunk, but you won't have to deal with any of the fallout

Not your problem!

7) You know for a fact that you'll never look this good again

Fabulous!

8) You won't to have to pretend to like your in-laws, but they'll have to pretend to love you!

Yes you do! It's my eulogy!

See how the Irish do wakes in James McAnespy's hilarious comedy, Sitting Up for Michael, currently playing in the White Bear Theatre.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from TicketSource.

★★★★★ Five star review in The Irish World!

Today's Irish World features a five star review for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael in it's print edition. Obviously we are all delighted, and congratulations in particular must go to Sharron Byrne, Janette McManus and Fintan Dineen who were singled out for praise!

Here's the full article.

Make sure you don't miss out on this Five Star show! Book your tickets now!

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from TicketSource.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael has sold out online for tonight's performance.


We have sold out our online allocation for tonight's performance of C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael. There are always a small number of spare tickets on the door if you want to try to walk in, but to make sure you don't miss out on yours, book online now for your tickets.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from TicketSource


First review for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael is in! ★★★★ Four stars from Remote Goat!

Our first review of C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael is in! Remote Goat has given our production 4 stars, and particularly commended the performances of Sharron Byrne as Frieda and Peter Dineen as Billy.

Sharron Byrne in her lauded performance as Frieda.
They particularly enjoyed the frantic pace and "very funny" writing in C.L.G., which has never been viewed by an audience before.

Peter Dineen's performance as Billy was singled out by Remote Goat
C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from TicketSource

C.L.G./Sitting Up For Michael 2014 - Interview with the cast and crew (video)

The cast and crew of C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael discuss the upcoming double bill.

C.L.G. 
Two members of rival GAA clubs have been locked in a room until they can decide on a neutral venue for their upcoming match. It'll be the first time the two teams will have met for nine years, and some old scores have been long to heal. Will the dastardly Sam trick his way to getting the venue he wants, or can the put-upon Lory hold fast? They'd need to hurry up though - Fair City will be on soon.

Sitting Up for Michael
Michael's died. Who's going to do the readings? Will there be a lock-in at Packie's? Why did he only get twenty Mass Cards? It's a wil' handlin' altogether. The family and friends of Michael Montague gather for the sit up on the eve of his funeral. Set in contemporary county Tyrone, James McAnespy's comedy explores themes of family, separation and hidden pasts. So don't open the brandy until tomorrow. Brian, Michael's stubborn son, bickers relentlessly with his sister Frieda who has just come down from Belfast and starts ruling the roost as usual. Their neighbour Doris offers her support and a hot pot of tea. Young Rory, who reaches for a drink a little too readily is there to see Joe, whose coming down on the University bus, with a girl he just met - but she's got more to hide than she's letting on.

The White Bear Theatre
138 Kennington Park Road London SE11 4DJ Tube: Kennington (Northern Line). Turn left out of the station along the main road and the White Bear is on the right hand side. Bus: 3, 59, 133, 155, 159, 414

Tickets: £14/£10 concession (no booking fee) available from http://ift.tt/QTGWPy or on door (subject to availability)
Web: www.kingsfool.net
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C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from TicketSource

Meet the Cast and Crew: Alex Howarth - Director

Alex Howarth is in the midst of an incredibly hectic 2014. Prior to taking the reigns on Sitting Up for Michael he was working as Assistant Director to David Thacker for his production of Twelfth Night in the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

With his own company Patch of Blue, he will be taking a number of original devised shows to the Edinburgh festival, so it's all go with Alex! 


His full list of credits include:

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts 
Theatre includes Dear Santa (The Capitol, Horsham), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UK Tour), [title of show] (UK Professional Premiere, Edinburgh Festival), Medea (Guildhall), Café Nation (World Premiere, Cockpit Theatre), Beans On Toast (Karamel), Rain Man (Karamel), Godspell (Edinburgh Festival), The Last Five Years (Edinburgh Festival), Hansel and Gretel (Edinburgh Festival), A Streetcar Named Desire (The Byre), Whistle Down The Wind (The Byre). 
Assistant Director credits include Twelfth Night (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The Complete Works Of Shakespeare-Abridged (UAE Tour), Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Windsor), Spend, Spend, Spend (Cockpit Theatre).

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk

Meet the Cast & Crew: James McAnespy as Brian/Lory (also the writer!) [Edited]

Over the coming days and weeks, we will be profiling the cast and crew of the C.L.G. / Sitting up for Michael Double Bill.

Edit: Due to cast changes, James is now playing the role of Brian in Sitting Up for Michael. Stay tuned for updates on the beard he'll be donning for the role!

James McAnespy is the artistic director of King's Fool Productions, which he founded in Belfast in 2011. The company's first major project was the debut run of Sitting Up for Michael, which toured across the north of Ireland in 2012, playing to hugely appreciative audiences that averaged over 100 per night. He has not relocated himself and the company to London and will be reviving 'SUFM' with a brand new play, C.L.G., which debuts in the White Bear Theatre.
James McAnespy launching King's Fool Productions in 2011
As an actor, James has enjoyed the limelight as the lead role in a vast array of productions in Belfast. In 2010, his first major stage performance was the top billed role in the Irish premier of Arthur Miller's tense holocaust drama, Incident at Vichy. His performance attracted rave reviews, with The Virtual Methodist singling him out as "the stand-out performance."

He continued this rich vein of form through 2011, with lead roles in performances of Stumpergasse 31 (where he played a young Adolf Hitler) and Robots in Disguise, with TheatreWatch lauding "suave, spiteful little lucifer of a character [who] was horrifically believable".
He also made his screen debut in Éalú, playing the role of the true-life criminal Sean Bourke, who masterminded a communist prison break from Wormwood scrubs. Also that year, he debuted as the voice of UTV Weather's sponsors, Progressive Building Society, reaching half a million people on a nightly basis.

James McAnespy as Rory in the 2012 run of Sitting Up for Michael
In 2012, as well as acting in the hugely popular run of Sitting Up for Michael, he performed in The Odd Couple at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and was co-lead in the premier of Dave Kinghan's claustrophobic art drama, Intervention at the Pick N Mix festival at Belfast's world-class MAC.

In 2013, he established himself in London and across Britain with his recurring role as Dougal in Laughlines' Father Ted tribute show, Ted & Co, selling out months ahead of production.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk

New director for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael: Alex Howarth

We are delighted to announce that we have a new director on board for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael in the shape of Alex Howarth.

Helen Donnelly, who directed the original tour in 2012 has been given a great opportunity with The Finborough Theatre, and we wish her all the best with it. She has left the production in a great state, and Alex Howarth is more than capable of filling her shoes, and we're all looking forward ot see what he does with the piece!

Drafting away...



C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk

Fundraising Quizzes: The Hope Fitzrovia, Monday 17th March 2014

Once again we have organised another fundraising quiz for the C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill, this time taking place (Facebook Event page) in The Hope Fitzrovia on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day!)

As usual, the top prize is four tickets to the winning team (you can have more than four in a team, but you'll have to organise your own fight to the death for who gets the tickets. All that for only £3 per person (a steal!)

It's a damn shame St. Patrick's day falls on a Monday, and it would be a sacrilege not to imbibe at least one drink on the day itself, so keep it civil and head down to this quiz in the most charming pub in the West End.


Special offer for London GAA club group bookings for James McAnespy's hilarious double bill C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael. Save 10% for groups of 15+

King’s Fool Productions is inviting all GAA clubs in the London area to the premiere production of James McAnespy’s hilarious comedy double bill C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael in the White Bear Theatre in Kennington with a special offer of 10% off for groups of 15 or more.

Playing throughout April in Kennington’s renowned White Bear Theatre, the plays are snapshots of 21st century Ireland, one set at a county Tyrone wake house (Sitting Up for Michael) and the other showing the rivalry between local GAA clubs (C.L.G.). Have a look at the attached flyers for more info.

Sitting Up for Michael toured the north of Ireland in 2012, and was rapturously received by audiences, with averages of over 100  per night. For the London premiere, James has added C.L.G. to make the show a hilarious double bill.

As a special offer, King’s Fool is offering a special rate of 10% off for GAA clubs when there is a group booking of 15 or more; £190 instead of full price of £210. Any ticket above that will also be charged at the discounted rate of £10 (it doesn’t even have to be in the same booking! Just let us know that you would like to add more members that night.)

To avail of this offer, please email Kings Fool detailing which club you are booking for, your contact details, and how many tickets you would like.

Don’t forget that you or your members can also book individually at the exceptional price of £14. Just head over to www.kingsfool.net or www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk.

Any other groups who wish to avail of a similar offer should also get in touch with your details.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael is playing in the White Bear Theatre, Kennington from 8-27 April.

We look forward to seeing you all there.



Fundraising Quizzes for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael: The Gateway Reading 30 March

In addition to the crowd funding campaign we have running on Zequs at the minute, in order to top up our budget for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael, we are putting on a series of fundraising quizzes in and around London.

The first of these quizzes is on this coming Monday 24th February in The Old Tiger's Head in Lee Green (Facebook event page).

We have just confirmed that there will also be one on The Gateway Bar in Reading - a great little pub less than five minutes walk from Reading station - on Sunday March 30th.

We all love a good quiz, especially James, who has set the fiendishly hard questions, like what is the capital of Ireland?

There'll be other tidbits of fun too, and of course, prizes to be won.

As mentioned there'll be other quizzes dotted around London, which we'll be announcing in the coming days, so keep a look out for the one that's closest to you.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael is playing in the White Bear Theatre from 8-27 April 2014. Tickets (£14/£10 -no booking fee) are on sale now.






Crowd funding campaign launched for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael on Zequs

In order to top up our production budget, we have started a crowd funding campaign with Zequs for a modest sum of £300. You can pledge your support here.

There are some great rewards available starting from signed programs to signed framed production shots, right up to having writer and actor James McAnespy appear at an event of your choice for the highest pledge.

Crowd funding has been a great way for artists and entrepreneurs to get started with their projects, allowing a deeper connection for us with our supporters. Relationships that are forged on such a positive foundations are always going to be cherished on both sides.

The campaign is running for a month until March 18 and you can pledge from as little as £1. All pledges are greatly appreciated by all of us.

http://www.zequs.com/campaign/clg-sitting-up-for-michael-london-2014



PRESS RELEASE: GAA needs to make sure that the grass roots of the Association are maintained, says playwright James McAnespy

Playwright James McAnespy has said that the GAA needs to make sure that it doesn’t squander the opportunity to bolster the strength of the Association’s grass roots following this month’s positive financial report.

“The GAA has done a remarkable job clearing the debt on Croke Park and now it needs to continue that good work down through the levels to maintain the community spirit that is inherent in the GAA.” he said.
“The GAA is experiencing the effects of emigration - look at the success London had last year. I’ve heard stories where clubs can’t even get a fifteen man senior team out on the pitch, and the bulk of the Fintona Pearses team I played an U-14 county final with tog out for clubs in Australia.”

The rivalries that fester between local clubs is the focus of his latest rip-roaring comedy, C.L.G., which premiers in the White Bear Theatre in London in April. 

“I just thought it would be funny to lock two rival GAA members in a changing room, and let them slug out the verbals,” he said. “They have to decide on a neutral venue for their first championship clash in 9 years, and as we all know, there’s nothing more unpalatable than giving up an inch to your nearest neighbour!”

The play is the first part of a comedy double bill that also includes Sitting Up for Michael, which set at a contemporary wake house in Clogher in his native county Tyrone on a wintery January night, and is a snapshot of the custom that’s still observed in rural areas.

“Irish wakes are a very unique form of mourning,” McAnespy said. “If the person that died had a good long life, it allows the mourners to celebrate their life with fond and often funny memories, as well as providing a platform for people to offer their condolences.”

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is playing in the White Bear Theatre in Kennington from April 8-27.  Tickets are now on sale at www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk and www.kingsfool.net priced at £14/£10. No online booking fee applies.


PRESS RELEASE: Traditional Irish Wake in Danger of Dying Out, Says Playwright James McAnespy

Traditional Irish Wake in Danger of Dying Out, Says Playwright James McAnespy

Omagh-born playwright James McAnespy says that the tradition of the Irish wake is in danger of dying out amidst the frenzy of modern life.

The writer, 28, has expressed concern that the increased pressures of modern lifestyles and increased youth emigration threatens the viability of the tradition of sitting up in vigil for the deceased in a wake house.

His comedy, Sitting Up for Michael, which makes it’s London premiere in the White Bear Theatre in Kennington in April, is set at a contemporary wake house in Clogher in county Tyrone on a wintery January night, and is a snapshot of the custom that’s still observed in rural areas. 

“Irish wakes are a very unique form of mourning,” McAnespy said. “If the person that died had a good long life, it allows the mourners to celebrate their life with fond and often funny memories, as well as providing a platform for people to offer their condolences.

“It is unfortunate that we are already seeing the tradition is being practised less and less in cities within Ireland, and it’s particularly difficult to get a wake organised outside of Ireland.”


James McAnespy as Rory in Sitting Up for Michael

The comedy, which McAnespy will also be acting in, is a bittersweet comedy about the tensions that arise when truths within families and communities come to the surface, especially when emotions are already high and liberated by drink. Through this prism, he explores themes of family, bereavement, youth unemployment, bullying and many other aspects of 21st century life in Ireland.

“Everyone has been to a wake,” McAnespy said, “and people will recognise the characters in the play that are in every small town in Ireland.”
The play is the second half of a comedy double bill that also includes his play, C.L.G., a rip-roaring two-man play about the acrimony that festers between GAA clubs if they are at close quarters.
“I just thought it would be funny to lock two rival GAA members in a changing room, and let them slug out the verbals,” he said. “They have to decide on a neutral venue for their first championship clash in 9 years, and as we all know, there’s nothing more unpalatable than giving up an inch to your nearest neighbour!” 
C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is playing in the White Bear Theatre in Kennington from April 8-27.  Tickets are now on sale at www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk and www.kingsfool.net priced at £14/£10. No online booking fee applies.

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C.L.G. & Sitting Up for Michael double bill to make London debut in The White Bear Theatre in April

King's Fool Productions is delighted to announce that the London debut of James McAnespy's Sitting Up for Michael will take place at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington in April 2014.

Along with a new short comedy, C.L.G. about the rivalries that exist between local GAA clubs, the double bill will run from April 8-27. 

It marks a return to the stage for ...Michael, after we put on a hugely successful tour of Northern Ireland in 2012, that had 500 people through the doors in five nights. Once again, we have secured the services of brilliant young director Helen Donnelly to direct.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £14/£10, with no online booking fee. Demand is expected to be high again, so book early to avoid disappointment.

C.L.G

Two members of rival GAA clubs have been locked in a room until they can decide on a neutral venue for their upcoming match. It'll be the first time the two teams will have met for nine years, and some old scores have been long to heal. 

Will the dastardly Sam trick his way to getting the venue he wants, or can the put-upon Lory hold fast? They'd need to hurry up though - Fair City will be on soon!

Sitting Up for Michael

Michael's Died. Who's going to do the readings? Will there be a lock-in at Packie's? Why did he only get twenty Mass Cards? It's a wil' handlin' altogether.

The family and friends of Michael Montague gather for the sit up on the eve of his funeral. Set in contemporary county Tyrone, James McAnespy’s comedy explores themes of family, separation and hidden pasts. So don't open the brandy until tomorrow.

Brian, Michael's stubborn son, bickers relentlessly with his sister Frieda who has just come down from Belfast and starts ruling the roost as usual. Their neighbour Doris offers her support and a hot pot of tea. Young Rory, who reaches for a drink a little too readily is there to see Joe, whose coming down on the University bus, with a girl he just met - but she's got more to hide than she's letting on.

White Bear Theatre

The White Bear Theatre 138 Kennington Park Road London SE11 4DJ
Tube: Kennington (Northern Line). Turn left out of the station along the main road and the White Bear is on the right hand side.

Bus: 3, 59, 133, 155, 159, 414

Tickets: £14/£10 concession (no booking fee) available from www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk or on door (subject to availability)