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Interview: The Butcher Boy creator Pat McCabe – Watch Now

Nomad Theatre Network interview with Patrick (Pat) McCabe following their support of the publishing of his 14th upcoming novel “POGUEMAHONE” by Unbound Publishers.

Padraic McIntyre sits down for an in-depth interview with Pat McCabe discussing his upcoming novel Poguemahone, the Covid 19 crisis for the Arts and where he sees the Arts going post-pandemic.

The book, the author’s first for Unbound, is McCabe’s 14th since he burst onto the scene with The Butcher Boy (Picador) in 1992, racking up two Booker Prize nominations and a host of prizes during his career so far.

Pogeumahone – Gaelic for “kiss my arse” is billed as his biggest and most ambitious book to date, “a wild, 600-page ballad, narrated in a kind of free verse monologue by Dan Fogarty, an Irishman living in England, who is looking after his sister Una, now 70 and suffering dementia in a care home in Margate”

Pat McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy

“The world has changed dramatically,” McCabe says of his publishing route. “I didn’t get into writing for money. Major publishing is a matter of profit and loss. I was really into the art of the thing. When I came across John Mitchinson, who was a kind of a genius editor, I thought, this is the way I want to go. He is a great editor. He was formerly Dermot Healy’s editor. He understood the book. And I just didn’t bother going anywhere else with it.”

The aforementioned Mitchinson is a writer, publisher and the co-founder of Unbound, the award-winning crowdfunding platform for books.

For McCabe being pushed in a new publishing direction by technology is emancipating: “I belong to the ‘50s as much as to the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s. That is the tradition I came up, but I’m no Luddite and never was. This whole Internet explosion happened. I am very interested in it, but perhaps not very proficient. I could see its potential through my children. I find it liberating.”

While McCabe acknowledges that the pandemic has been tough on all artist, in particular performers, he is confident that this sector will bounce back and respond to the crisis in the way that artist can and have throughout the centuries.

About Nomad Theatre Network

Nomad aims to ensure that the performing arts are developed created and accessed through a new partnership approach. The purpose of this network is to further the development of performing arts in the North Midlands region, extending the parameters and introducing our audiences to regional, national and international work of a high standard.

The Nomad Network members are:

  • An Grianán Theatre
  • Backstage Theatre
  • Droichead Arts Centre
  • Hawkswell Theatre
  • Mullingar Arts Centre
  • Ramor Theatre
  • Riverbank Arts Centre
  • Roscommon Arts Centre

Productions presented at An Grianán by Nomad include Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire, Lennox Robinson’s The Far Off Hills, and Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer.

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Final Donegal dates: Last chance to see Frank Pig Says Hello this week.

Our latest touring production, the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello, returns to its home county for its final performances after its very successful tour of Ireland. The play has been receiving a great reception from audiences around the country with plenty of standing ovations and praise for its two actors, Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty and Stefan Dunbar from Fermanagh, both of whom are making their professional stage debuts.

“Outstanding – Theatre the way it should be” Dan Gordon

Our final Donegal dates are:

Wed 1 Oct: Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon Box Office 071 9851375

Fri 3 Oct: Glenties Community Centre Box Office 071 9851375

Sat 4 Oct:  An Grianán Theatre Box Office 074 9120777

Humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is a black comedy with an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play which sees the two actors play 30 characters between them. Adapted from Pat McCabe’s acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy, the play is set in 1960s rural Ireland and is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind of Francie Brady, a young man struggling with life.

Check out what audiences have been saying about Frank Pig right here!

 

 

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Frank Pig Says Hello: Here’s what audiences have been saying

 

“Congratulations on an absolutely amazing performance of Frank Pig says Hello in Monaghan last night. The interpretation was brilliant. Well done to everybody involved but especially Patrick and Stefan who told it all ‘perfectly’. They are so talented and can only have a great future to look forward to. I work in St Davnet’s complex – ‘The Garage’ so couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. “ Mary McArdle

Our tour of Frank Pig Says Hello continues until Sat 4 October. Check out the tour dates and further info here.

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Now on tour – Frank Pig Says Hello

Our latest inhouse production is the Pat McCabe classic Frank Pig Says Hello. We opened at the Brian Friel Theatre at Queen’s University, Belfast last weekend and enjoyed standing ovations and great feedback from the audience.

Our tour continued last night in Monaghan in the Garage Theatre, very appropriate as the venue is named after The Butcher Boy, the novel that Frank Pig Says Hello is based on.  In The Butcher Boy, Francie’s mother has a breakdown and he says she has gone into the Garage to get it fixed. (The theatre is located in a disused ward in St Davnet’s Psychiatric Hospital,  Monaghan).

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Stefan Dunbar and Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

First performed in 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello tells the story of a young man’s breakdown in a rural Irish town. Challenging but rewarding, humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is at times breath taking, often haunting and always hugely entertaining. It features an inventive fusion of storytelling and role play where over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors in a highly theatrical experience that is frequently very funny and occasionally shocking.

Directed by David Grant, it features local actor Patrick McBrearty in his professional stage debut and fellow Central School of Drama graduate Stefan Dunbar. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán regulars as he made his way through the amateur ranks in productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come before moving to London to become a professional actor.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre's Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

Patrick McBrearty in An Grianan Theatre’s Frank Pig Says Hello touring Ireland Sept to Oct 2014. Photo by Paul McGuckin. All rights reserved.

This is Stefan Dunbar’s first role in an An Grianán production. Stefan comes from an acting background (his uncle is well known theatre and TV actor Adrian Dunbar) and he has appeared in many roles at his local theatre, the Ardhowen in Enniskillen.

We’ll be doing four dates in Donegal staring this Saturday 20 Sept right here in An Grianán, then we’ll be in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Wed 1 October, Glenties Community Centre on Fri 3 and we have our last night back at An Grianán on Sat 4 October.

Check out this link for a piece about Stefan Dunbar in the Impartial Reporter and here’s a piece by Sean Feeny from Monday’s Donegal News.

Find out more about the production here.

Tour Dates

Sat 20 September at 8pm

Mon 22 September at 11am

Sat 4 October at 8pm

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

Box Office 074 912 0777

 

Fri 12 and Sat 13 September at 7.30pm,  Tues 23 Sept at 7.30pm

The Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1NN

Booking 028 9097 1382 or studentshows@qub.ac.uk

www.brianfrieltheatre.co.uk

 

Tues 16 September at 8pm

The Garage Theatre, Old Armagh Road, Monaghan

Box Office 047 81597

www.garagetheatre.com

 

Thur 18 September at 8pm

Ardhowen Theatre, 97 Dublin Road, Derrychara, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 6FZ

Box Office 028 663 25440

www.ardhowentheatre.com

 

Wed 24 September at 8.30pm

Backstage Theatre, Farneyhoogan, Longford

Box Office 043 3347888

www.backstage.ie

 

Thur 25 September at 8pm

Market Place Theatre, Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW

Box Office 028 3752 1821

www.marketplacearmagh.com

 

Fri 26 September at 8.30pm

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Box Office 041 9833946

www.droicheadartscentre.com

 

Sat 27 September at 8pm

Roscommon Arts Centre, Circular Rd, Roscommon

Box Office 090 662 5824

www.roscommonartscentre.ie

 

Tues 30 September at 8.30pm

The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Box Office 071 96 50828

www.thedock.ie

 

Thur 2 October at 8pm

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

Box Office 071 9161518

www.hawkswell.com

 

Donegal Bay & Bluestacks Festival 2014

Wed 1 Oct at 8.30pm

Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon

 

Fri 3 Oct at 8.30pm

Glenties Community Centre, Glenties

Box Office 071 9851375

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Frank Pig Says Hello – Coming Sept 2014

After our Earagail Arts Festival show Fiesta our next inhouse production will be the Pat McCabe drama Frank Pig Says Hello. Adapted from Pat McCabe’s novel The Butcher Boy, Frank Pig Says Hello tells the story of a young boy’s breakdown in a rural Irish town.

Pat McCabe is one of Ireland’s most daringly original writers. Frank Pig Says Hello is his stage version of his highly acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Set in 1960s rural Ireland, it is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind of Francie Brady, a young man driven beyond the boundaries of his mental and emotional health. Over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors, Patrick McBrearty and Stefan Dunbar, in a powerfully evocative and rewarding theatre experience. Directed by David Grant.

Donegal born actor Patrick McBrearty

Donegal born actor Patrick McBrearty

Local actor Patrick McBrearty will be familiar to An Grianán regulars as he has performed many times here including a memorable turn as Puck in our 2008 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Patrick recently graduated from the prestigious  Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and is now based in Belfast. In 2013 whilst in his final year of training, he was cast in a feature film called Still Waters starring John Hannah. He has also written and performed his one-man show The Just Jack Depression. Frank Pig Says Hello sees him reunite with director David Grant who directed our productions of The O’Neill and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Actor Stefan Dunbar

Actor Stefan Dunbar

Joining him in the production is fellow Central School of Speech and Drama graduate Stefan Dunbar.  Stefan began acting at the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen in productions such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Playboy of the Western World. After performing as the lead in The Pajama Game (a cross-community production), Stefan was offered a scholarship to attend Walnuthill School for the Arts in Boston USA.

Frank Pig Says Hello will embark on a tour of  twelve venues this September and October. You can see it in An Grianán on Sat 20 Sept and Sat 4 October. There will also be a schools matinee on Mon 22 September.

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