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.


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 or on door (subject to availability)

Sitting Up for Michael a Runaway Success (archive post)

This is a portion of a post that first appeared on James' personal blog in 2012.

The run of Sitting Up for Michael ended with aplomb in The Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, with over 130 people coming down to see us. It was another fantastic turnout and the tour ended with over 500 people attended five performances!

I'm taking some time to regroup now, and see where I'll take King's Fool Productions next - there are a few avenues open at the minute, so it's just time to take stock of the options open to me.

Sitting Up for Michael at the Audition Stage (archive post)

This post first appeared on James' personal blog in 2012.

Over the last while I have been preparing King's Fool Productions for our first major production, my play Sitting Up for Michael. We will be holding auditions on Sunday having received over 400 applicants from all over the UK and Ireland.

The standard was so high, it was excrutiatingly difficult to have to choose who to invite.
I'll be sitting alongside the director Helen Donnelly, who directed the rehearsed reading in November, but my role will mostly be to read in.

We are still sorting out then locations of the tour, but we'll be touring across the province in May and June, and I'm really looking forward to it.

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.