‘Beautiful. Mesmerising. Mysterious’
The New Yorker
‘Ravishing…confirms Barry’s gift for finding the beauty in the everyday.’
Ben Brantley, New York Times
‘He is the crown prince of Ireland’s majestic theatrical tradition.’
‘Ireland’s terrific Fishamble.’
On Blueberry Hill at Trafalgar Studios
The sold out award-winning play. Direct from New York and Dublin.
Following critically-acclaimed and sell-out runs in New York and Dublin, Olivier-Award winning Fishamble and Sebastian Barry’s universally celebrated play, On Blueberry Hill, comes to London’s West End for 8 weeks only.
Sebastian Barry is one of Ireland’s greatest living writers and the current Laureate of Irish Fiction. His novels and plays have won, and been nominated for, the MAN Booker Prize and the Irish Book Awards among many others. His novels include the international best sellers Days Without End and A Long Long Way.
In Barry’s beautiful style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy (Niall Buggy) and PJ (David Ganly), who are destined to share their lives for twenty years. As the two men reflect on the hope and torment of life outside – they slowly uncover the events that have led them to their world with explosive, bittersweet consequences.
Directed by Fishamble’s Jim Culleton, this new play is bursting with humanity as it explores forgiveness, survival, and ultimately, love.
Sebastian Barry – Playwright
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. Sebastian Barry is the current Irish Fiction Laureate.
Jim Culleton – Director
Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Fishamble, for which he has directed productions in Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won many Irish and international awards, including an Olivier Award for Silent by Pat Kinevane at Soho Theatre. He has also directed for the Abbey Theatre, Woodpecker/Gaiety, 7:84 (Scotland), Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, RTÉ Radio 1, the Belgrade, TNL Canada, Dundee Rep, Draíocht, TCD, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Fighting Words, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, RTÉ lyric fm, APA and Vessel (Australia), Solas Nua and Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), and Irish Arts Center, Origin/1st Irish, 59E59 and IAC/Symphony Space Broadway (New York). Jim has taught for NYU, NUIM, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Notre Dame, UM, Villanova, UMD, TCD and UCD.
Niall Buggy as Christy
Theatre credits include: Furniture (Druid) The Plough and The Stars (Lyric Hammersmith) St Joan (Donmar) On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival, New York) The Importance of being Earnest (Pinter); You Never Can Tell, Translations (Sheffield Crucible/Rose Theatre; Broadway); The Hanging Gardens (Abbey Theatre); Murphy Season (Druid Theatre, London and New York); The Weir, (Duke of York’s); Haunted (The Playhouse, Sydney/Royal Exchange/New York); Penelope (Druid/Hampstead/Edinburgh/New York/Washington); John Bull’s Other Island (Tricycle); After Play (The Gate, Dublin, Edinburgh, New York, Sydney) Uncle Vanya – Irish Times Best Actor (Gate Theatre, Dublin); A Kind of Alaska (Gate Theatre, Notting Hill); Dead Funny (Olivier Award, Best Actor) (Hampstead/Vaudeville); Juno and The Paycock – TMA Award (Albery); Rough Crossing, Love for Love, Threepenny Opera, School for Scandal (National Theatre);Aristocrats – Clarence Derwent Award, Time Out Award, Drama Desk Award, OBIE Award (Hampstead/New York).
Film and television credits include: The Duel, Mr Turner, Sleeping with the Fishes, Rufus Stone, Mama Mia, The Libertine, Father Ted and Cruise of the Gods.
David Ganly as PJ
Theatre includes: Girl from the North Country, Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward); On Blueberry Hill (Fishamble); The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn); Once, Grease, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz (Olympia, Dublin); The Lonesome West (Tron, Glasgow); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey, Dublin/Irish Tour/US Tour);Shadow of a Gunman (Abbey, Dublin/Lyric, Belfast); The Threepenny Opera, The Weir (Gate, Dublin); King Lear (Theatre Royal, Bath); Drum Belly, Uncle Vanya, The Cavalcaders, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Abbey, Dublin); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Macbeth (Sheffield); Of Mice and Men (Watermill, Newbury); The Wizard of Oz (Palladium); Beauty Queen of Leenane – OFFIE nomination for Best Actor (Young Vic); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); The Wizard of Oz (WYP); The Field, John Bull’s Other Island, The Cavalcaders (Tricycle); Bedtime Story/The End of the Beginning (Young Vic/Union); Translations (NT); Hamlet, The Weir, Waiting for Godot (Northampton); Americans, The Quare Fellow (Tricycle/UK Tour); The Full Monty (Prince of Wales); The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court/Sydney Festival/Lyceum, NY); Russian Tales, The Cavalcaders (Meridian Theatre Company); The Talented Mr Ripley (Watford); Amphibians (YMCA, Wexford); Dancing at Lughnasa (Salisbury Playhouse); Shoot the Crow, Summerhouse (Druid Theatre);The Merchant of Venice (Lyric, Belfast); The Risen People, The Snow Queen (Gaiety, Dublin); The Plough and the Stars (Second Age); Sexual Perversity in Chicago (TCD); Extremities (Andrew’s Lane); Carousel (Tivoli); Lunch with me Bloom (Dublin Castle); F! (Dublin Festival/Belfast Festival).
Film includes: Sunset Song; Body of Lies; Hippie Hippie Shake; Space Truckers. Television includes: Casualty; Citizen Charlie; Dorothy Mills; Widow’s Peak; Upwardly Mobile; Doctors.
Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, which discovers, develops and produces new work, across a range of scales. It provides audiences with a diverse range of contemporary, compelling and heartfelt dramatic works.
Fishamble thinks nationally and reaches globally. It has toured its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and to 19 other countries. It typically produces over 200 performances annually, from the Aran Islands to Auckland, Ballymun to Brisbane, Clonmel to Cleveland.
It works collaboratively with networks of artists, communities, and organisations, to achieve the maximum possible life for its plays. For instance, over 30 Fishamble playscripts have been published. Its living archive is at the National Library of Ireland. Fishamble champions the role of the playwright, through its productions, and wide range of artist supports and development initiatives. It typically supports over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year.
Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, and its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.
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