ON BLUEBERRY HILL by Sebastian Barry

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Fishamble: The New Play Company presents


Directed by JIM CULLETON

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

27th September – 8th October (no performance 2nd October)
Tickets €20-25 on sale now

‘Now we’ve lived together in contentment, more or less, for nigh on twenty year. Like turtle doves. – In prison, I mean, for fuck’s sake, the chances of that.’

2016 Olivier Award winner, Fishamble, and 2017 Costa Novel of the Year Award winner, Sebastian Barry, reunite for the world premiere production of ON BLUEBERRY HILL.

Following the much loved THE PRIDE OF PARNELL STREET in Dublin Theatre Festival, ten years ago, director Jim Culleton has assembled the same award-winning creative team for ON BLUEBERRY HILL.

In Sebastian Barry’s unique style, ON BLUEBERRY HILL features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy and PJ, played by Niall Buggy and David Ganly.  This new play is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.


“It’s hard to find a word that captures it adequately. ‘Superb’ will have to do.” **** The Irish Times

‘Ireland’s terrific Fishamble’ The Guardian (2015)



Set & Costume Design by SABINE DARGENT
Lighting Design by MARK GALIONE
Sound Design by DENIS CLOHESSY
Dramaturgy by GAVIN KOSTICK
Stage Manager STEPH RYAN
Production Manager STEPHEN BOURKE
Produced by EVA SCANLAN



Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels and plays have won, among other awards, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also had two consecutive novels, A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

JIM CULLETON (Director): 

Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company.  For Fishamble, he has directed productions which have won Olivier, The Stage, Fringe First, Herald Angel, Argus Angel, 1st Irish, Adelaide Fringe and Irish Times Theatre awards, on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia and the US.  Current and recent productions for Fishamble include Maz & Bricks by Eva O’Connor, Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy (staged in the GPO for Easter 2016), Invitation to a Journey (with David Bolger, in co-production with CoisCeim, Crash Ensemble and GIAF), Mainstream by Rosaleen McDonagh (Project co-production), Tiny Plays for Ireland and America (Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and Irish Arts Center, New York, for Ireland 100), Spinning by Deirdre Kinahan (Dublin Theatre Festival), Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly (touring in Ireland, UK, Europe, US, Australia), and the multi award-winning Forgotten, Silent and Underneath by Pat Kinevane (touring to over 60 Irish venues and 17 other countries).   Jim previously directed the multi award-winning The Pride of Parnell Street, also by Sebastian Barry, for Fishamble, on tour in Ireland, UK, Europe and US from 2007 – 2011.  He has also directed for the Abbey Theatre, Woodpecker/the Gaiety, 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hIde, Amnesty International, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTE Radio 1, The Belgrade, TNL Canada, Dundee Rep Ensemble, Draíocht, Barnstorm, TCD School of Drama, Frontline Defenders, Guna Nua, Origin (New York), Vessel (Australia), Little Museum of Dublin, Symphony Space Broadway & Irish Arts Center (New York) and RTE lyric fm.  Jim has taught for NYU, NUIM, GSA, Notre Dame, Uversity, TCD and UCD.

NIALL BUGGY (Christy):

Niall Buggy is one of the leading Irish actors of his generation who has worked extensively on the stage and screen in Ireland, the UK and the US. Some of his better known roles include: the title role in Brian Friel’s Uncle Vanya, for which he won Best Actor at The Irish Times Theatre Awards and for his role as Casimir in Aristocrats for which he won the Time Out Award, Obie Award in New York, Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award. He also received the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance in Dead Funny. His performance in Juno and the Paycock won him Best Actor in the Regional Theatre Awards.

Most recent theatre includes: You Never Can Tell (The Abbey Theatre), St. Joan (Donmar Theatre, London), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Translations (Sheffield Crucible), The Hanging Gardens (Abbey Theatre) and A Whistle in the Dark with the Druid/Murphy season.

Film appearances include: Mr. Turner/Mike Leigh, Mamma Mia, Casanova, The Butcher Boy, Alien 3 and The Playboys.

Television credits include: My Mother and Other Strangers (BBC), Jack Taylor  (Taylor Made Films), Inspector Lewis, Dalziel and Pascoe, Father Ted, The Bill and The Professionals.


A native of Dublin, David trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College.

THEATRE includes: The Narrator in The Velveteen Rabbit at The Unicorn Theatre, London, Valene in Lonesome West at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fluther in The Plough & The Stars at The Abbey Theatre Dublin and US and Irish Tour, Seamus in Shadow of a Gunman at Abbey Theatre, Dublin and The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Burbage in Shakespeare In Love at Noel Coward Theatre, Mac the Knife in Threepenny Opera at GATE THEATRE, Dublin, Kent in King Lear, Theatre Royal Bath. Lumpy in Drum Belly at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ugger in Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith, Banquo in Macbeth at The Sheffield Crucible, Lennie in  Of Mice & Man at The Watermill, Newbury, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, Pato in Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Young Vic, Amos in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre London, Brendan in The Weir at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Peter Hall’s production of Uncle Vanya, The Cavalcaders at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, The Wizard of Oz for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Field for the Tricycle Theatre, Bedtime Story & The End of The Beginning for the Union Theatre/ Young Vic, Brian Friel’s Translations for the National theatre, Hamlet for the Theatre Royal Northampton, Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Toward The Somme for the Abbey Theatre Dublin,  Americans and The Quare Fellow Oxford Stage Company  Tour and The Tricycle Theatre, John Bull’s Other Island for The Tricycle Theatre and The Weir & Waiting For Godot at the Theatre Royal, Northampton.  He also played Dave in the award winning musical The Full Monty, directed by Jack O’Brien at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, The Contractor for the Oxford Stage Company directed by Sean Holmes and Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders at The Tricycle Theatre directed by Robin Lefevre. Prior to this he played the leading role of Matthew Mugg in Stephen Pimlott’s production of Doctor Dolittle. 

He created the role of Father Welsh in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West, part of The Leenane Trilogy directed by Garry Hynes (Druid Theatre, The Royal Court, Sydney Festival and the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway), Russian Tales with the Meridian Theatre Company in Ireland, The Talented Mr Ripley (Watford), Amphibians (YMCA, Wexford) Dancing At Lughnasa (Salisbury Playhouse), The Cavalcaders  (Meridian Theatre Company), Shoot The Crow and Summerhouse (Druid Theatre) The Merchant of Venice (Lyric, Belfast), Philedelphia Here I Come (Abbey Theatre), The Risen People and The Snow Queen  (Gaiety, Dublin), The Plough & The Stars (Second Age), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (TCD), Grease, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz (Olympia, Dublin), Extremities (Andrews Lane), Carousel (Tivoli Theatre), Lunch With Me Bloom (Dublin Castle), F! (Dublin and Belfast Theatre Festivals).

FILM & TV includes: Casualty (BBC), Citizen Charlie (RTE), Sunset Song directed by Terence Davies, Body of Lies directed by Ridley Scott, Hippie Hippie Shake directed by Beeban Kidron, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak, Space Truckers, Upwardly Mobile, and Doctors. 






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.