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Under the Bed

Presented by Big Guerilla Productions

Written by: Seamus O’Rourke

Directed by: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh

Performed by: Seamus O’Rourke & Arthur Riordan

Age Suitability: 15+

Running Time: 1hr 40min –  10min interval

Samuel Beckett meets Steptoe and Son in this story full of heartache and humour.

Seamus O’Rourke once again brings us a story full of heartache and humour, as a pair of aging, mrural, bachelor brothers arrive at a point in their lives, where decisions have to be made about certain things… well the buying of a television for one…and one subject leads to another and the next thing, they’re bringing up all kinds of ‘auld shite’ that could have been left under the bed along with everything else.

Eugene McPartland is woken by his brother Pat in the middle of the night in 1979. Not only does Pat wake him, but he has his good suit on him too… and a light on in the bedroom and another on the landing… and as well as burning up the electric, he now wants to talk.


★★★★  ‘Irresistible, heartfelt, and entertaining’ – The Arts Review


Seamus O’Rourke is a writer, director and actor and an independent producer with his own company ‘Big Guerilla Productions’. As a writer, his plays include ‘Ride On’ (Liven’ Dread 2011) ‘dig’, ‘Down’ and ‘The Trappe Family’ (Corn Mill Theatre) ‘The Halfway House Hotel’ and ‘Stale Mate’ (Canal Studio-Backstage Theatre) ‘For Club and County’ (Moth Productions) ‘dig’, ‘Victor’s Dung’ and ‘My Aunt Bee’ (Big Guerilla Prod- uctions) and his three One-Man-Shows, ‘The Sand Park’, ‘Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking’ and ‘Indigestion’ (Big Guerilla Productions).

As a director, he has directed with The Corn Mill Theatre, Back- stage Theatre, Moth Productions and his own company, ‘Big Guerilla Productions. Apart from his own material, those plays include ‘The Cavalcaders’ and ‘A Handful of Stars’ by Billy Roche‘,’Stolen Child’ by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn, ‘The Pitch’ by Shane Connaughton, ‘Arrah Na Pogue’ by Dion Boucicault, ‘The Quare Land’ ,‘Danger Money’ and ‘The Cavan Curse’ by John McManus.

Dates & Venues

Tue January 29th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Muintir na Tíre, Buttevant
Tickets at door

Wed January 30th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Ballynoe Community Centre
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Thu January 31st 2019 – 8:00 pm
Meelin Community Hall
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Fri February 1st 2019 – 8:00 pm
First Fruits, Watergrasshill
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Sat February 2nd 2019 – 8:00 pm
Mitchelstown Town Hall
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Sun February 3rd 2019 – 8:00 pm
The Palace Theatre, Fermoy
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Please note: tickets available on the door and doors open 30min before show start time.

Big Guerrila Productions is Sean O’Rourkes own production company.