Showing posts with label James McAnespy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label James McAnespy. Show all posts

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.

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)
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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

Sitting Up for Michael rehearsal photos

Janette McManus, Paul Christian Rogers, James McAnespy
Janette McManus
Paul Christian Rogers, Peter Dineen, Fintan Dineen

Sharron Byrne, James McAnespy

Sharron Byrne, James McAnespy

Sharron Byrne, James McAnespy

Emma Spence, Fintan Dineen, James McAnespy

Janette McManus, Paul Christian Rogers

James McAnespy

The full cast of Sitting Up for Michael

The full cast of Sitting Up for Michael

Janette McManus, Paul Christian Rogers, Emma Spence, Sharron Byrne, James McAnespy

Director Alex Howarth

Emma Spence, Sharron Byrne

Janette McManus, James McAnespy, Sharron Byrne, Peter Dineen

Fintan Dineen, James McAnespy

Peter Dineen, James McAnespy

Paul Christian Rogers, James McAnespy, Peter Dineen, Sharron Byrne

Laura Duffy took these fantastic rehearsal pictures of Sitting Up for Michael, featuring our entire cast and director, Alex Howarth.

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 & 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

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: 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)

King's Fool Productions Officially Launches (archive post)

This post was first published in November 2011, some subsequent editing, which is in italics, has taken place in February 2014.

So we are finally launched. It's been a hectic few months, but on Monday November 21st 2011 we officially launched King's Fool Productions.
A big thank you to all who came, and if you missed it, check out some of the photos by Neil Harrison.

To hold a mirror up to the world

Among the things that we went through was defining our company mission statement - To hold a mirror up to the World. What this means is that we will seek to reflect the real world through a variety of means; realistic dramas that offer a snapshot of life in 21st century Ireland; Satirical comedies, particularly about the law; farcical comedies with elements of physical performance.

We also announced our tour of Sitting Up for Michael in May and June 2012. We have dates set down in [Strule Arts Centre] Omagh on June 1st and [Alley Theatre] Strabane on June 8th, and we are in negotiations with venues in Belfast [Crescent Arts Centre] and throughout the province.

The play, set during an overnight sit up at a wake was previewed by Accidental Theatre in a rehearsed reading where it went down a storm with the crowd. The fantastic cast were directed by Helen Donnelly, who will be taking the reins for the full performance.

Goolie's Human Taxidermy

Our 2013 show will be a farcical comedy, Goolie's Human Taxidermy. Poor Letitia Goolie must come up with a novel way to return to the lifestyle she has become accustomed to. James is currently in the process of writing this, and the company is hoping to preview it at next year's Pick n Mix festival.

Untitled Ariel MacMillan Musical

In 2014, King's Fool will be embarking on it's first musical, about a Page 3 model who gets breast cancer - how will she cope when her world is torn apart. The sensitive, but comedic piece will involve a score from Marty Devine.