Conal Gallen to play Charlie Haughey


Conal Gallen to play Charlie Haughey
By Conor 'dgldemocrat

Tonight in The Playhouse, Derry there’s a National Theatre Live screening of A View From The Bridge from The Young Vic in London.

Tomorrow night The Swing Cats deliver a musical timeline of Swing classics from the birth of Swing in the 1920’s to the Big Band era of the 30’s & 40’s to the Golden Age of Swing ‘50’s & 60’s and right up to the modern era of Buble and Nutini. That’s at The Balor in Ballybofey. Elsewhere, Neil Delamere brings his stand up show ctrl + alt + Delamere back to An Grianan, Letterkenny. He sold out there in February. The David Oliver penned musical Gutz opens for a two might run in The Millennium Forum, Derry, also tomorrow night.

There’s more stand up comedy on Saturday with Rich Hall in The Alley in Strabane while An Grianan, Letterkenny plays host to the Donegal Master Fiddlers concert.

Letterkenny Youth Theatre intermediate students present a free double bill, Zombie Baby and Kohl, in An Grianan on Tuesday night, May 17. And An Grianan hosts more locally produced work on Wednesday with their in-house production I Would Walk These Fields Again.

Conal Gallen to play Charlie Haughey

The cast for the Balor’s upcoming production of The State Of The Nation has been revealed. The premise of the show is a poker game in the afterlife between Thomas Davis, Jim Larkin, Michael Collins and Charlie Haughey during which they discuss The State Of The Nation, holding court on everything from 1916, the civil war split, the two tier health system to the water charges.

The toughest character to cast was always going to be Haughey, primarily due to the fact that he’s the most recent and freshest in people’s minds. I’m delighted to say that we’ve found an answer that will work really well with the casting of Conal Gallen.

It’s a bit of a departure from his normal stand up act but Conal is a truly gifted mimic and that, allied with his natural feel for timing and delivery, means that he’s going to be a great fit for the role. Of course the clincher was that he has a wardrobe full of very expensive shirts – a must for anyone wanting to play Charlie! Joining Conal in the cast are Cillian O Gairmhi as Michael Collins, Peter Byrne as James Larkin and James Lawne as Thomas Davis.

The State Of The Nation will be premiered at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey on Saturday June 4.