Pilgrims In The Park
Writer: Jim O’ Hanlon
Director: Jim Culleton
Premiere: 17th November, 2004: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
Cast: Barry Barnes, Steve Blount, Catherine Byrne, Neili Conroy, Enda Oates, Paul Reid
Production: Set Design Sabine Dargent, Costume Design Léonore McDonagh, Lighting Design Mark Galione, Sound Design Paul Brennan
Fishamble produced Jim O’Hanlon’s first play The Buddhist of Castleknock. Pilgrims in the Park was Jim’s subsequent play for the company. This searingly honest play, was set during the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 1979. As the Pope travels around Ireland in his Popemobile, the Wood Quay debate surrounding building work on the site of a Viking settlement rages and U2 release their first single, Out of Control.
The Ireland of 1979 is a country caught between tradition and progress. The Foley family is at a similar crossroads. Nothing will be the same after this weekend.
The play is set at the end of 2004, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Pope’s visit.
‘a gifted writer…excellent company’ Irish Times
‘very entertaining‘ The View
‘excellent cast…inspired direction…entertaining and provocative…very funny’ The Village
‘don’t miss‘ unison.ie
‘comic script…inventive design…crisp direction‘ Sunday Times