The Chronicles of Oggle
Theatre - Wednesday 29th April @ 8.00pm
at Linenhall Theatre
Meet Pakie. An orphan, a storyteller, an adventurer, a survivor. He may not be the sharpest sandwich in the toolbox, but Pakie knows a thing or two about the history of his native town - from the vicious Vikings, to the less than Christian Brothers. Pakie's a laugh a minute... but Pakie's got secrets. Secrets the God fearing people of Oggle may not be ready to hear...
The Chronicles of Oggle is a tragicomic life story of an Irish ‘Everyman'. A man in his 50s, Pakie is a by-product of institutional Ireland. Pakie's childlike wisdom questions the very fabric of the society that has spawned him, a society of fanatical and institutional madness - a society that has fundamentally failed him. Although severely disadvantaged, Pakie is indomitable, and, he prevails no matter what the obstacles.
Written and performed by Peter Gowen (Charlie, Love/Hate, The Butcher Boy), and directed by Donal Gallagher (Love All, Bedbound), this is a hilarious and heart-breaking story of small towns and even smaller minds. Premiering in 2013, Peter Gowen's tour de force performance received standing ovations, and was selected among the Irish Examiner Critics Choice Highlights of the year.
"...excellent performance and writing." Irish Examiner
"...a comic tale of our times - startling, enjoyable and sad - a sharply faceted performance." - Irish Times
"... crafts a picture both gentle and caustic of an Irish small-town, where the strength of community spirit is also perforated by anxiety, bullying and silence...alternately funny, lyrical and dark." - Irish Theatre Magazine
"funny, lyrical ... evocative... a timely piece of work." - Irish Theatre Magazine
"Gowen... an infectious animation that has the audience reeling." - Playstosee.com