Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is set for his own one man show – Postcards from the Ledge – at the Gaiety Theatre later this year.
Set in 2029 when Ireland is in the middle of an economic boom, it sees Ross about to turn 50 and thoroughly enjoying life.
His wife, Sorcha, is the Taoiseach and his triplet boys are the backbone of the Castlerock Junior Cup team. And he still does alright with the ladies.
As the Managing Director of Hook, Lyon and Sinker estate agents, he spends most of the day with his feet up. But when a client rings and asks someone to put a valuation on 22 Glenageary Glen, a semi-detached house in Sallynoggin, Ross decides to do the job himself. The reason is that he recognizes the address as his childhood home.
As he stands in the doorway of the run-down, council-built house, the sediment of old memories is stirred up. And he takes us on a journey of remembrance, through happy times and sad times, laughter and tears, until he realizes that the job of putting a price on the house – and its treasure of memories – is impossible. Because it’s priceless.
Written by Paul Howard, and directed by Jimmy Fay, it stars Rory Nolan who has played Ross on stage over the past decade.
Postcards from the Ledge is the fourth Ross O’Carroll Kelly stage play following Breaking Dad, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place, and The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger.
“I can’t believe it’s ten years since we entered the rehearsal room for the very first Ross O’Carroll-Kelly play, The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger,” says Howard.
“Being involved with Anne Clarke and Landmark Productions in the process of bringing Ross to the stage has been one of the greatest joys of my career as a writer.
“I’m really looking forward to working again with Rory Nolan, one of the finest actors of his generation, who first breathed life into the character all those years ago. And I’m delighted that we’ll be working with Jimmy Fay, the extraordinarily talented director, who has lent his magic touch to all three Ross plays so far.
“I’m especially excited that this will be a one-man play and that the Rossmeister General will have the audience all to himself. He has quite a few things to get off his chest!”
Ross O’Carroll Kelly adds, “Having been consistently overlooked by Warren Gatland, first as coach of Ireland, and still as coach of the Lions, it’s nice to be finally given a stage big enough for my talents. And this time I’m going to be the centre of attention!”
And Rory Nolan says, “I’m utterly delighted to be back with both Ross and Paul, two of our finest men who’ve both been toying with my head and entertaining my life for the last ten years. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Booking Information: The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin | Tickets: €22 – €55 (Including restoration fee)
24Hr Gaiety Theatre Booking Tel: 0818 719 388, Group Bookings: + 353 1 6486 8687
From the Independent 3.07.17