‘…It’s not so easy to sit cross-legged in a tent, trying to work out the meaning of life, when you have a family to support.’
The play takes place during Christmastime in a Castleknock home. Edie is delighted to have her family reunited for the occasion and is determined to celebrate in a traditional manner. But other family members have alternative views on how the holiday should be celebrated. Edie is just about coping until she discovers that one of her sons has become a Buddhist and prefers to meditate in his room than eat the lovingly prepared turkey. And there are more surprises in store for everyone. The Buddhist of Castleknock is an acutely well-observed and often hilarious new play, complete with angels, Buddhas and collapsing Christmas trees.
Originally from Dublin, Jim O’Hanlon is a distinguished writer and director for television in Britain. His credits include Coronation Street – where he was responsible for putting Deirdre Rachid in prison! – Bad Girls and Casualty.
Director Jim Culleton
Cast Mojisola Adebayo, Anne Brogan, Niall Cleary, Conor Delaney, Ruth Hegarty, Des Nealon, Mary O’Driscoll, John Olohan, Stephen Swift, Johnny Ward
Production Set Designer Fiona Cunningham, Lighting Designer Debbie Behan, Costume DesignerLéonore McDonagh
7th November, 2003: Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown
‘terrifically entertaining…really funny’ Sunday Tribune
‘well performed across the board…very funny…marvelous, marvelous’ The View
‘hilarious… really funny… I’d recommend it highly… fantastic’ Rattlebag
’smart comedy… the cast spars stylishly’ Evening Herald
‘excellent… hilarious, insightful and absolutely true… great ensemble playing… laugh-a-minute success’ Irish Examiner