By Mike Kenny
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 Theatre, Kilkenny||25th - 29th January, 2010|
|Actor 2: Sarah Johnson||Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo||1st - 2nd February, 2010|
|Actor 3: Shane O'Reilly||Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford||4th - 5th February, 2010|
|Actor 4: Ben Samuels||Draíocht, Blachardstown||8th - 9th February, 2010|
|Director: Philip Hardy||Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise||11th - 12th February, 2010|
|Set Designer: Carol Betera||Wexford Opera House||22nd - 23rd February, 2010|
|Costume Designer: Bernie McCoy||Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone||25th - 26th February, 2010|
|Lighting Designer: Mark Galione||Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire||1st - 2nd March, 2010|
|Music: Ben Samuels||Glór, Ennis||4th - 5th March, 2010|
|Movement Director: Monica Bieniek||Backstage Theatre, Longford||8th - 9th March, 2010|
|Production Manager: Vincent Dempsey||An Táin Theatre, Dundalk||11th March, 2010|
|Tour/Stage Manager: Steve Rider||Opening Doors Festival, Wales||16th - 17th March, 2010|
|Deputy Stage Manager: Lynsey Moran|
|Technical Manager: Joe Glasgow|
|Set Construction: TPS|
|Transport: Trevor Price|
|Graphic Designer: Alé Mercado|
|Photographs: Dylan Vaughan|