THE BIG FELLOW — 3 cities tour 2019



presents THE BIG FELLOW, by Declan Gorman,

based on Frank O’Connor’s biography of Michael Collins

Ballina Arts Centre, 6 Mar:    Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, 8 Mar:    Everyman, Cork, 11-13 Mar:    Lyric Theatre, Belfast 15-17 Mar.     (DIRECT BOOKING LINKS BELOW)

“If there were no wild boys, there would be no great men” Frank O’Connor’s mother wrote to him in 1922, when he was a prisoner-of-war at Gormanston prison camp. This original play, based on O’Connor’s writings, captures the life and times of the wildest boy of them all, Michael Collins, as he graduates from masterminding the most dare-devil raids, prison breaks and escapades of the War of Independence, to commanding the official army of a newly-formed state. Greatness did indeed follow Collins but so too did division, torment and tragedy. And herein lies the mystery. Frank O’Connor fought against Collins’ side in the Civil War. So why did he divert from a glittering literary career just a few years later to write a book apparently in praise of his dead enemy?

“The Big Fellow” is an imaginative and entertaining piece of non-stop, high-energy theatre, from the action-packed opening images to the gripping conclusion. It is driven by a powerful score composed by Colin Blakey (ex-Waterboys) and Cillian McNamara’s evocative lighting. “Outstanding performances by both actors bring to vivid life a nation caught up in the excitement and turmoil of formation.”  It has already mesmerised audiences from Mayo to Mumbai, Dublin to Delhi, Birr to Bengalore.  Now, in a new co-production with Ballina Arts Centre, don’t miss this wonderful drama on its first ever visits to Cork, Limerick and Belfast

A combination of physical energy and historical passion … totally engaging.”  Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

Insightful, inspiring and profoundly moving… A wonderful use of humour is what differentiates Gorman’s drama from other historical narratives.”   Orla O’Dea, Westmeath Examiner

A mischievous and refreshing production.”   Saoirse Anton, The Reviews Hub

Engaging and original”   Sara Keating, Sunday Business Post

A clever, powerful theatrical story. The audience saluted the writer and two actors with a resounding standing ovation.”   Liam Murphy, Munster Express

Script developed with support from The Abbey Theatre literary department

Contains strong language and simulated gunfire. Not recommended for children under 12 years.



Ballina Arts Centre: Wed March 6th  (book here)

Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick: Fri March 8th (book here)

Everyman , Cork: Mon 11th – Wed 13th (book here)

Lyric Theatre, Belfast: Fri 15th – Sun 17th (book here)

Frank Pig Says Hello: National Tour 2018

Frank Pig Graphic

This month, we go on a very special tour (full list of dates directly below).  Twenty five years on from the first ever Co-Motion tour of Frank Pig Says Hello, the original team of author Pat McCabe and director Joe O’Byrne (as well as original producer Declan Gorman and PR Director Kate Bowe) reunite for a major 20 venue tour of Ireland.  We kick off with a celebratory launch over four nights at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre (24-27 Sept), then on October 2nd we go to Pat’s hometown of Clones to recreate the legendary opening night of the 1993 tour – and from there North, South, East and West all over the country.  A longer press release follows further down, but first – a chronological list of dates and direct booking links to each venue. 

Please note: the run at Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (24-27 Sept) is now concluded.

Clones – The Courthouse, Tues 2nd Oct – to book, phone Harry on 086 3542895

Linenhall: Castlebar Wed 3rd Oct – Booking:

glór: Ennis Thurs 4th Oct – Booking:

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre: Fri 5th Oct – Booking:

Solstice: Navan Sat 6th Oct – Booking:

The Dock: Carrick-on-Shannon Wed 10th Oct – Booking:

Riverbank Arts Centre: Newbridge Thurs 11th Oct – Booking:

Watergate: Kilkenny Fri 12th Oct – Booking:

Source, Thurles Sat 13th Oct – Booking:

Roscommon Arts Centre, Tues 23rd Oct – Booking:

Garter Lane: Waterford, Wed 24th Oct – Booking:

Visual: Carlow, Thurs 25th Oct – Booking:

Market Place, Armagh, Fri 26th Oct – Booking:

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise   Tues 30th Oct – Booking:

St Johns, Listowel: Thurs 1st Nov – Booking: Tel 068 22566  

Town Hall Theatre, Galway: Fri 2nd Nov – Booking:

An Grianán, Letterkenny   Wed 7th Nov: – Booking:

Siamsa Tire, Tralee Thurs 8th Nov: – Booking:

An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk: Fri 9th Nov – Booking:



Co-Motion Media 



by Pat McCabe

Directed by Joe O’Byrne

Performed by Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy

with Set Design by Robert Ballagh and

Lighting Design by Conleth White

Twenty-five years after its first groundbreaking tour, Pat McCabe’s FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO returns this Autumn to twenty theatres across Ireland, in a new production that brilliantly captures the legendary original.


Desperately funny and yet deeply tragic, FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO is one of the great classics of modern Irish theatre.  It tells the story of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards a brutal act that shocks his community. Described as “one of the saddest and funniest tales I have seen”The Irish Times; “a masterpiece” The Evening Herald and “an extraordinary piece of theatre” The Sunday Independent, the original production coincided with McCabe’s Booker-winning novel of the same story entitled “The Butcher Boy”. The play distils Francie’s infamous narrative into a riveting evening of pure, concentrated theatre.

Featuring mesmerising performances by two actors, Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy, Frank Pig is regarded as one of the most vivid, hilarious and heartbreaking evocations ever seen on a stage of an Irish childhood and adolescence gone wrong. From the opening live trumpet notes over an image of a happy, comical boy acting the piglet, to the breathtaking depiction of a dark deed, this is theatre at its most entertaining and gripping best.

Pat McCabe and Joe O’Byrne collaborated on the original Frank Pig Says Hello production for the 1992 Dublin Theatre Festival where it won Best Production, before embarking on a world tour that began in Clones, Co. Monaghan and concluded in New York. Since then the two have produced together Loco County Lonesome, The Dead School, and The Revenant. Set design is by leading Irish artist Robert Ballagh. The show was recently recreated for the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival winning high praise for exceptional young actor Darragh Byrne and the multi-talented actor, trumpet player and cartoonist John Ruddy, known for his Youtube video animations which have had millions of hits worldwide.

The play suited for 12s upwards.

The tour of Frank Pig Says Hello is grant-aided by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Kindly sponsored by Patrick Goodwin & Co., Solicitors, Drogheda

orangesun1.pngDarragh Byrne (foreground) as Francie and John D. Ruddy as Older Francie in FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO




Co-Motion Media (in association with Drogheda Arts Festival 16)


THE BIG FELLOW by Declan Gorman

Based on the biography of Michael Collins by Frank O’Connor


Highly acclaimed on its 2016 premiere. A few years after the death in combat of Michael Collins, rising star Frank O’Connor diverts from a promising literary career to write a biography seeking to understand his erstwhile enemy. Events of the revolution vividly retold in a gripping physical drama. Original music by ex-Waterboys Colin Blakey. Starring Cillian Ó Gairbhí and Gerard Adlum. Lighting by Cillian McNamara.

A combination of physical energy and historical passion … totally engaging.” Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent


Tues & Wed, Jan 24 & 25:

Clonakilty, West Cork; Rossmore Theatre: 8.00 086-4481086 All tickets 15

Fri & Sat, Jan 27 & 28:

Waterford: Garter Lane Arts Centre 8.00 051-855038 21 / 16

Wed, Feb 1:

Armagh: The Market Place Theatre 8.00 028 3752 1821

Thurs, Feb 2:

Drogheda, Co. Louth:

Droichead Arts Centre 8.30 041-9833946 18 / 16

Fri, Feb 3:

Navan, Co. Meath: Solstice Arts Centre 8.00 046-9092300 18 / 16

Sat, Feb 4:

Bray, Co. Wicklow:

Mermaid Arts Centre 8.00 01-2724030 16 / 14


Wed, Feb 8:

Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

An Griannan Theatre 8.00 074-9120777 18 / 15

Thurs, Feb 9:

Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan: Iontas Arts Centre 8.00 042-9753400 16 / 14

Fri, Feb 10:

Portlaoise, Co. Laois:

Dunamaise Arts Centre 8.00 057-8663355 16 / 14

Sat, Feb 11:

Dublin (East Wall): Sean O’Casey Theatre 8.00 01-8509000 15/12


Tues & Wed, Feb 14 & 15:

Castlebar, Co. Mayo:

Linenhall Arts Centre 8.00 094-9023733 16 / 14

Fri, Feb 17:

Virginia, Co Cavan:

Ramor Theatre 8.00 049-8547074 18 / 16

Sat, Feb 18:

Athlone, Co. Westmeath:

Dean Crowe Theatre 8.00 090-6492129 19 / 17


Mon, Feb 20:

Galway: Town Hall Theatre 8.00 091-569777 20 / 18

Wed, Feb 22:

Tralee, Co. Kerry: Siamsa Tire 8.00 066-7123055 16 / 14

Sat, Feb 25:

Dublin (Ballymun): Axis Arts Centre 01-8832100 15 / 12