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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