By Mike Kenny
“(The cast).. maintain a breathless momentum using a series of economical theatrical devices that call for the imaginative collaboration of the audience.” – Irish Theatre Magazine
Boy with a Suitcase is the story of a 12-year-old war refugee, who undertakes a long and dangerous journey to find asylum in Ireland. He carries with him only a small suitcase and a treasure of stories from his childhood.
Like his hero, Sinbad the Sailor, who undertook many perilous voyages in search of his fortune, Naz must travel half-way around the world to reach the safety of his brother in Dublin. Naz teams up with Krysia, a young girl in similar circumstances, who helps him dodge soldiers and find safe passage over mountains, across seas and through the mire of a city slum. With the help of Krysia and his stories, Naz finds his way to Dublin and his brother. But is it the ‘heaven on earth’ that he expects….?
A ripping yarn of adventure and stories, Naz’s journey also throws a spotlight on the real dangers faced by children in other parts of the world, beyond the relative security of life in Ireland. You’d imagine there’s not much room for laughter in this production but writer Mike Kenny has elevated this story with humour and spirit.
|The Production||Production History|
|Actor 1: Paul Curley||Watergate, Kilkenny||24th - 28th March, 2009|
|Actor 2: Céire O'Donoghue||Civic Theatre, Tallaght||31st March - 3rd April, 2009|
|Actor 3: Donncha O'Dea|
|Actor 4: Ben Samuels|
|Director: Philip Hardy|
|Set Designer: Carol Betera|
|Costume Designer: Bernie McCoy|
|Lighting Designer: Mark Galione|
|Music: Ben Samuels|
|Movement Director: Monica Bieniek|
|Production Manager: Vincent Dempsey|
|Tour/Stage Manager: Steve Rider|
|Deputy Stage Manager: Ceire Hoey|
|Technical Manager: Joe Glasgow|
|Set Construction: TPS|
|Transport: Trevor Price|
|Graphic Designer: Alé Mercado|
|Photographs: Dylan Vaughan|