Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly

Sorcha Fox and Donal O'Kelly in Fishamble's Little Thing, Big Thing. Photo by Pat Redmond 6. LOW RES

In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future.

The film roll Martha is carrying attracts the urgent interest of some very powerful and ambitious people.

Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the brutal world of international energy skullduggery and awaken passions they thought were long behind them.

Donal O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s foremost socially engaged playwrights. In this new stream-of-consciousness thriller, he pulls out all the stops.

Commissioned by Fishamble in partnership with the STROLLERS Touring Network.

Written by Donal O’Kelly
Directed by Jim Culleton
Cast Sorcha Fox and Donal O’Kelly
Set & Lighting designer John Comiskey
Sound designer Carl Kennedy
Costume designer Maria Tapper
Producer Marketa Dowling
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick

Touring 2016:

23 Feb – 13 March: ADELAIDE FRINGE, presented by Arts Projects Australia, Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

Past Touring:

Little Thing, Big Thing 2015

21-25 April: Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Wales
29-30 April: Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
2 May: Geneva Literary Aid Society
5-16 May: Project Arts Centre, Dublin
6-30 August: Assembly George’s Square, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2-27 Sept: 59E59 Theaters, New York, as part of 1st Irish Festival

Little Thing, Big Thing 2014

5th March: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
6th March: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
7th-8th March: Draíocht, Blanchardstown
12th March: Hawk’s Well, Sligo
13th March: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
14th March: GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow
15th March: The Source Arts Centre, Thurles
19th March: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
20th March: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
22nd March: Garter Lane, Waterford
25th-29th March: Civic Theatre, Tallaght
2nd-3rd April: The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton
4th April: Roscommon Arts Centre
5th April: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
7th April: The Simon Ryan Theatre, Tipperary Excel
9th April: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

Press Reaction:

‘director Jim Culleton’s enjoyable production can effectively do no wrong…O’Kelly finesses this deceptively breezy, carefully constructed story with his signature imagistic, action-oriented approach to language…Fox and O’Kelly’s winning double act…a little subversive, but that effect can be big enough’  four stars  IRISH TIMES

‘Exciting and incredibly faced paced Little Thing, Big Thing is another success for O’Kelly… Energetic as always O’Kelly delivers a sterling performance, transitioning from character to character with an unrivalled ease and believability. Fox’s portrayal of Martha is of equal measure as she flawlessly navigates the fine line between tragedy and comedy on the Civic stage. The two work brilliantly together, with the chemistry between them strong from the start and unwavering for the duration of the piece.’ four and a half stars   PUBLIC REVIEWS

‘an enjoyable fast paced play that never lets you catch your breath.. The writing is impressive in this new work and there are many great comedic moments contained within… There are some great characters in the mix, with the Dublin junkie living long in the mind. It’s far fetched and fun, played at a lightning pace… if it’s light hearted fun with a touch of madness you’re after, it’s here in spades.’ NO MORE WORKHORSE


Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.