TUESDAY, 02 July 2013
The controversial Shell Corrib gas project takes centre stage when the theatrical force that is Donal Oâ€™Kelly returns to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with his latest work, Benbo Productionsâ€™ surreal and heartfelt â€˜AilliliÃº Fionnualaâ€™ tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 3.
Written and performed by Oâ€™Kelly, directed by Sorcha Fox and designed by Robert Ballagh,Â â€˜AilliliÃº Fionnualaâ€™ centres on Ambrose Keogh, who works for Shell. When the tunnel-boring machine he named Fionnuala sinks into the bog in Erris, he is magically confronted by the legendary Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. Fionnuala puts a geas on him â€“ heâ€™s bound to tell the truth about Shellâ€™s operations. During his ordeal, Ambrose meets his school classmate, Malachy Downes, a Shell-to-Sea activist, and echoes from the past resound.
â€˜AilliliÃº Fionnualaâ€™ has received rave reviews, with The Irish Times saying the play â€˜Digs for truth beneath the controversiesâ€™. Oâ€™Kellyâ€™s performance has been described as â€˜superbâ€™ (Sunday Independent) and â€˜Stirringâ€™ by Irish Theatre Magazine.