OCI Productions is delighted to present the unique hurling play; Bondi Beach Boy Blue in Wexford Opera House, Wednesday, February 3, as part of a nationwide tour.
Bondi is Declan’s story – a talented young hurler growing up in rural Kilkenny, poised to become another hurling great until his potential is cut short. Forced to forsake the game he loves, Declan bolts to Australia accompanied by his best friend Gary. He leaves his girlfriend Lisa and, an indifferent relationship with his father, behind, to embark on the life- altering trip ‘down under.’ It is the story of a small town hero being forced from his comfort zone and having to find a place on a larger stage. Although switching spaces between Ireland to Australia, Bondi Beach Boy Blue is about community. While the main character, Declan, is battling with many complex aspects of his life, he is rooted in, and still inhabits, the world of Kilkenny and its hurling. Essentially it is a journey about community and how, in the GAA centered mindset of the parish, heroism, at whatever level, is a core value.
Bondi is a unique play with the game of Hurling as its central theme, it has already received lavish praise from Kilkenny hurling legends Brian Cody (6 time All- Ireland Hurling winning manager, All- Ireland Minor & Senior winning Captain) and Eddie Keher (6 time All- Ireland Hurling Championship winner – Captain in 1969) as well as from GAA President Nicky Brennan.
“Hugely enjoyable, thought-provoking, interesting, realistic, touching and very, very real” – Brian Cody, Kilkenny Hurling Coach
The cast comprises of Paul Connaughton (a Wexford-native!) (The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Town Hall Theatre, Galway; The Tudors), Chris Gallagher (Fair City, Bothar Na Saoirse/Roads to Freedom), Martin Maguire (The Rivals, The Abbey) & Anna Sheils-McNamee (The Government Inspector, Bruiser Theatre Company). The Director, Donal Courtney most recently directed and starred in Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dermot Bolger’s In High Germany. Visit their website to find out more. www.ociproductions.com
Bondi Beach Boy Blue for one night only in Wexford Opera House, Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wednesday, February 3 at 8pm. Tickets €18/€14 concession and available online at www.wexfordoperahouse.ie or by calling the box-office at 053 912 2144. No booking fee applies.
For further information contact Feargal Hynes, Crosstown, Wexford who is involved in the promotion of this play.