The Sand Park at The Abbey Centre

The Sand Park at The Abbey Centre
A new play which has been getting rave reviews and playing to packed houses comes to The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon this Saturday.

A new play which has been getting rave reviews and playing to packed houses comes to The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon this Saturday.

The Sand Park, presented by Big Guerilla Productions, is written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke, who is best known for his hit play, Victor’s Dung.

The Sand Park is the often hilarious account of how James Anthony Lowery, a man in his mid-fifties, comes to terms with the death of his son fifteen years ago and now more recently, his wife Rose.

It’s a play about rural Irish life and the way we cope with the inevitable.

It’s a play about the fun of life, the ritual of death and what happens when either one is altered.

Charlie McGettigan is a big fan of the show. He says: “The play turns all the clichés of how the Irish deal with death, funerals and wakes upside down as we are taken on a roller coaster ride through the whole process.

“I cried and I laughed but, as with all of O’Rourke’s work, I left the theatre with a lot to think about.”

Michael Moffatt of The Irish Times is equally effusive in his praise: “In less able hands, this might be sweetly sentimental but, as written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke, it’s a vigorous, amusing celebration of life - muscular, true to life and very entertaining.”

Seamus O’Rourke is a veteran actor, director and writer, who started out with with The Corn Mill Theatre in 1989.

He played many leading roles including Artie in Belfry when the Corn Mill won the All Ireland Amateur Drama Finals in 1998.

He also gave a multi award winning portrayal of Jim in The Weir, won Best Actor for John in Shining City at the All Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone in 2010 and took the prize Best Supporting Actor for Pato Dooley in The Beauty Queen of Leenane in Athlone the following year.

For more information, visit www.seamusorourke.com or http://youtu.be/v2PH-i0GYD4.