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

Naz (Paul Curley) and Mum (Céire O'Donoghue) (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

Boy with a Suitcase - Naz (Paul Curley) and Mum (Céire O'Donoghue) (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

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 ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: Paul CurleyWatergate, Kilkenny24th - 28th March, 2009
Actor 2: Céire O'DonoghueCivic Theatre, Tallaght31st 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