Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024


Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival, 2017


Tue. 31st January – Sun. 5th February – 8:00pm


Mephisto Productions presents:


Written by Tara McKevitt
Director: Caroline Lynch
Performance by: Emma O’Grady
Lighting Design: Mike O’Halloran
Sound Design: Paul Houlihan

Northern Ireland, 1979: Nuala Kelly takes no prisoners. A tough nine-year-old living with her mother, brother and grandfather, she thinks the class bully is just a big baby, and that all the nuns are cranky old wrinkled up cronies. She loves Thin Lizzy and The Undertones – just like her big brother, Oran. He’s fifteen and thinks he’s Casanova. Nuala thinks he’s more like Jesus; she’d do anything for him. But what she does one day for her brother, no-one could ever have imagined…
Set in a prison ten years later, Grenades is a compelling drama that has at its heart the bruised innocence of Nuala, who must re-live the events of her childhood and finally make sense of them all.

…extraordinary performance…” – The Irish Times

“…powerful… …O’Grady’s fierce, heart-wrenching performance is impossible to fault”. – Scotsman

“…enthralling…heart-wrenching…”Irish Theatre Magazine

“deceptively simple… compelling… haunting” – Metro ★★★★

“…fantastic performance… …a vital production” – Culture Northern Ireland

“…little fire-cracker of a play…” – Herald Scotland ★★★★

“…explosive… …beautifully nuanced performance… …packs an emotional and sociopolitical punch…” – Scottish TV

Running Time: 55 min.

Age suitability: 14+

Dates & Venues:

Tue. 31st Jan. 2017 – 8:00pm
The Mall Art Centre, Youghal

Wed. 1st Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel

Thu. 2nd Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Community Centre, Dromtarriff


Fri. 3rd Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

Sat. 4th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill

Sun. 5th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
The Palace Theatre, Fermoy

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Tara McKevitt – Grenades won the RTÉ PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2010 and went on to win Gold at the New York International Radio Awards, and a PPI Award. Other Work: Junk shortlisted for the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, New Playwright Award, 2010. Selected for The New Playwrights Programme at The Abbey Theatre, and invited to the Annemakerrig Artists’ Centre by the Stewart Parker Trust 2011. As part of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh’s Traverse Fifty Programme short plays Tourists, Reality, and Thirsty received public readings 2013. The Hidden Glen work-shopped at the Abbey Theatre 2015. The Weight of a Tonne commissioned by Abbey Theatre and public reading performance on Peacock stage as part of Future Tense series 2016. Radio plays An System Nua, and Panic broadcast on RTE Radio 1.



Emma O’Grady-  Emma is originally from Co. Laois and is now based in Galway. Emma works in theatre as an actor, production manager & lighting technician. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies (NUIG) and was co-founder and co-artistic director of Mephisto Theatre Company 2007-2014. Emma regularly works with Macnas, Branar, Moonfish and THEATREclub. She is currently developing her new show What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? which will premiere at the Galway Theatre Festival in April 2017.