Comedian Conal Gallen brings his first ever comedy play to theatres across Ireland and if the response in Ballybofey is replicated, he’s on a winner.
Conal, and his son Rory, began writing the comedy play “A Bit On The Side” three years ago, and finally finished it in April this year. The play was launched on the 7th August to a Sold Out audience at the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, and finished a standing ovation!
Due to the massive success and fantastic reviews, there have been 4 extra nights added to the Balor Theatre at the end of August and these already have the Sold Out signs.
The demand for ticket sales has been overwhelming for the Donegal Comic, even with a track record like his. The play is coming to the 1000 seat Millennium Forum Theatre, Derry in November, and already 50% of the tickets are sold!
Conal said that he is absolutely over the moon with the reaction to the first performance, and can’t wait to hit the road at the end of August. “There is no better feeling than arriving to do a show to a full house, and by the way theatres are already booking, the whole tour could be Sold Out in advance”. He usually does his Stand Up Comedy Show in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, but this time around he is taking the play to the Grand Opera House. “It will be my first time to perform in the Grand Opera House, and I am looking forward to it. It will suit the play perfectly”, says Conal.
The Donegal Comic has already established one of the most successful touring circuits for any Irish comedian. He has been selling out Theatres across the country for the past 8 years, breaking box office records, year in and year out. But the Funny man takes his hilarious humour to a whole new level in this side-splitting 2 Act comedy farce.
The action takes place in the household of Bridie and Willie Murphy, a couple who have fought the war of marriage, for over 30 years!
It is a love story unlike any other. Wandering eyes, wandering feet, wandering hands.....It’s all here! Scenes of nudity have been carefully left out in this saga of sex, drugs and deception! (There weren’t any in the first place, says Conal!) Join Bridie,Willie,Dick and Cynthia... Yes, Cynthia!!!!! as this tale of passion and intrigue unfolds!
Tickets for shows are already selling fast, and the tour doesn’t start until August 28th! Conal says that the reaction he has received so far has been over-whelming. “ I have been mentioning during my stand up shows that I will be back in town in Autumn with the play. Everyone I speak with after the shows have been telling me that they can’t wait to see it.” When asked what his audiences should expect from the play “A Bit On The Side”, he replied: “ This is not a real deep, meaningful, hard thinking or clever play. The original working title was “I Suppose It Would Be Out Of The Question!”, so that should give you some idea of how deep and meaningful it is!”