A comedic look at 1960's Ireland

THERE'S money in Irish history, according to Fintan Kinnore (Mike Sheehan) and Dermod Gibbon (Daniel Richards).

That becomes the main premise of the Ballina Players Theatre latest production The Patrick Pearse Motel.

The men named the Patrick Pearse Motel after one of the greatest heroes and martyrs in the 1916 Rising against English rule, who was then executed for his leadership role.

Hoolihan (Mike Harris) salutes Irish hero Parnell as he shows Usheen (Carl Moore) and Miss Manning (Mechelle Anderson) the room.
Hoolihan (Mike Harris) salutes Irish hero Parnell as he shows Usheen (Carl Moore) and Miss Manning (Mechelle Anderson) the room.

Each of the motel's rooms is named after a national hero, and Fintan and Dermod plan to open a chain of motels, cashing in on pride in Irish heritage.

The ancient, comical and slightly senile caretaker Houlihan (Mike Harris) shows off the rooms at the motel.

Written by Hugh Leonard and directed by Sue Belsham, The Patrick Pearse Motel is a farcical look at Ireland in the late 1960s.

At the Players Theatre from today to September 18; Thursdays to Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm.

Book on line at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 66862440 (a booking fee applies).


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