The Chronicles of Oggle – Smock Alley
While it would be difficult to say that August will be a busy month for live theatre, there are signs of some life coming back to the theatres of Dublin! This morning we had news that Bewleys Cafe Theatre would return, albeit not in Bewleys anymore, and now Smock Alley is getting in on the act with The Chronicles of Oggle running between the 27th of August and the 5th of September.
The production is a one-man show starring Peter Gowen and was originally meant to run in Smock Alley in late April. Full details are below.
Fight2Flight Theatre Company in association with Asylum Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre & The Everyman Cork present
THE CHRONICLES OF OGGLE by Peter Gowen
The Chronicles of Oggle is a hilarious and heart-breaking story of small towns and small minds written by one of Ireland’s most prolific actors Peter Gowen (Love Hate / Charlie / The Butcher Boy). Gowen reboots his successful and critically lauded play for a special 2020 staging at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin (27 August – 5 September).
The play was due to make a multi-theatre run last April, but this postponed staging of the play will now be one of the first few live theatre events taking place next month post the Covid-19 lockdown. Originally staged in 2013 by The Everyman Cork with Asylum Theatre and then later in 2015 which coincided with the publication of The Chronicles Of Oggle by Methuen Books at Bloomsbury Press. This latest production is being is produced by Fight2Flight Theatre Company, in a co-production with Asylum Theatre and Smock Alley:
The play introduces Pakie, an orphan, an optimist, a storyteller, an ‘Irish Everyman’ with a keen verve for adventurer, and he’s a true 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 he’s got secrets. Secrets the God-fearing people of Oggle may not be ready to hear.
The Chronicles Of Oggle ask questions about how Irish society abdicated it’s responsibilities and handed over so much control to the church, something that is still central to the development of the Irish societal landscape today. Inspired by Russian author Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, which portrays a ‘truly beautiful human being’.
The central character, Pakie, negotiates the difficulties of growing up in an orphanage and tries to adjust to a new life when he is adopted; he is always positive through his suffering and seeks to understand the world. And reflects on it in an original and funny way.