True Belivers by Joe ‘O Connor

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‘Georgie Best! Superstar! Walks like a woman And he wears a bra!’

In True Believers, Joseph O’Connor takes us back – in his own wickedly comic way – to Ireland in the 1970?s. To a decade of Cluedo, spacehoppers and, of course, Starsky and Hutch!

Through a series of interconnecting monologues, a mother and son remember the break-up of a marriage and share their haunting memories of its effect on the people involved. Loosely based on the short story collection of the same name, True Believers is a very funny, painfully honest and ultimately poignant exploration of loss and growing up in an Irish family just over 20 years ago.

In True Believers, Rita and her son Eddie share their different versions of the events that lead to the break-up of their family in 1975. They are haunted by their memories of each other, as they try to lay the ghosts of the past to rest. Against a cultural backdrop of Kojak, George Best, Hawaii-five-o and roller mania, Joseph O’ Connor delves into love, loss, religion, family life and growing up in Ireland just over twenty years ago with his renowned mixture of incisive humour and brutal honesty.

Writer Joe ‘O Connor
Director Jim Culleton
Cast Enda Oates and Geraldine Plunkett
Production Designed: Bláithín Sheerin, Lighting: Paul Keogan


Premiered at Andrew’s Lane Theatre in Dublin, 1999

About the writer

Joseph O’Connor is a best-selling novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, journalist and playwright. Fishamble is one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies. Red Roses and Petrol – Joseph O’Connor’s first play – was also directed by Jim Culleton and produced by the same company under Pigsback.

Press Quotes

‘Outstanding performances…both actors are mesmeric…this is as heartfelt, intelligent and touching a drama as you’ll see all year’ The Examiner

‘Beautifully written, warmly funny and acutely observed…enthralling performances’ What’s On in London

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.