COMEDY: Hoolihan (Mike Harris) salutes Irish hero Parnell.
COMEDY: Hoolihan (Mike Harris) salutes Irish hero Parnell.

Last chance to laugh at the Patrick Pearse Motel

IF YOU'RE in need of a laugh, catch the last few performances of the Ballina Players latest production The Patrick Pearse Motel.

The play is a farcical look at Ireland in the late 1960s.

It centres around Fintan Kinnore (Mike Sheehan) and Dermod Gibbon (Daniel Richards) who realise there's money and tourism in Irish history.

They name the Patrick Pearse Motel after one of the greatest heroes and martyrs in the 1916 rising against the English rule.

He was executed for his leadership role.

Each of the motel's rooms is named after another 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) is proud that he too was out in 1916 and loves to show off the rooms at the motel.

Set design is always important and especially so in a bedroom farce such as The Patrick Pearse Motel.

The set has two bedrooms off a corridor, each with a bathroom, bed and wardrobe, allowing for chaotic situations and confusion and helping to create comedy.

Book at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440.

  • At the Players Theatre from today to Saturday at 8pm until Sunday, with a final performance at 2pm. 

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