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Showing posts with label White Bear Theatre. 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.

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

#sittingupformichael set taking shape!



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)
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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

Listen to this White Bear Director's Chair interview with our own Alex Howarth.

Alex got interviewed this week and he talks about how the play is relatable to people who might not have an Irish background, the production process and the tradition of Irish writing.



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 and Crew: Peter Dineen as Billy

Peter Dineen is a renowned theatre and television actor, whose most notable appearance was as devious sheep trader Giant Reid in Father Ted.


Peter’s most recent work was on the feature film ‘The Bricklayer’ in which he played the lead role of ‘Jimmy’. The film will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in may. Other film and TV work includes ‘Father Ted’, ‘Coronation Street’, Rory in BBC 6 part series ‘Plotlands’ , Seamus McCracken in 26 part Series ; ‘Foreign Exchange’ RTÉ/Australia, Guy McCaul ‘The Man’s A Legend’, the Emigrant ‘Island’s Apart’, Wild John ‘Threesome’ Sky TV, Professor Frank Grints ’The Puzzle’, John Werth, Air traffic controller, ‘9/11: Voices from the Air’ National Geographic, the harbour master, ‘Silent Summer’ (Germany), Terry Dooley 'Doctors’, BBC, Ronnie ‘Casualty’ BBC, Jackson Wrekin, ‘Judge John Deed’ BBC, Bill Flynn, ‘Heartbeat’, seven different characters in ‘The Bill’, priest in ‘Arriverdeci Millwall’ BBC 2. ‘Ardeevan’ written by Peter, won the RTÉ/Cork film centre trophy and cash award for best short script at the Cork Film festival. Film was directed by Jonathan Richardson, and Broadcast by RTÉ. 

Recent stage: tour of Norway and UK ‘the Tempest’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew’. Josiah Bounderby ‘Hard Times’ Classworks Cambridge’ Davies ‘the caretaker; ‘ Classworks Cambridge, Hugh ‘Translations’ Leicester Curve, Richard Harkin ‘the Seafarer,’ Bolton Octogan, Conor Coleman ‘The Lonesome West’, and Jack ‘the Weir’ Bolton Octogan.

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

Looks who's been in the White Bear before us! #SirIanMcKellan #MickJagger



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Pictured with The White Bear's Artistic Director, Michael Kingsbury.

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

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.






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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Fundraising quizzes for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael: The Old Tiger's Head, Lee Green

As part of our fundraising for Sitting Up for Michael, we will be holding a series of quizzes in pubs across London in the run up to Saint Patrick's day.

The first that we have confirmed is taking place in the Old Tiger's Head in Lee Green on Monday 24th February. Come on down if you're in the surrounding areas like Hither Green, Lewisham, Blackheath, Greenwich or Charlton.

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.

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.

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)