By Mike Kenny

Boy with a Suitcase - Naz (Paul Curley)

Boy with a Suitcase - Naz (Paul Curley) 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 Theatre, Kilkenny25th - 29th January, 2010
Actor 2: Sarah JohnsonHawk's Well Theatre, Sligo1st - 2nd February, 2010
Actor 3: Shane O'ReillyGarter Lane Theatre, Waterford4th - 5th February, 2010
Actor 4: Ben SamuelsDraíocht, Blachardstown8th - 9th February, 2010
Director: Philip HardyDunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise11th - 12th February, 2010
Set Designer: Carol BeteraWexford Opera House22nd - 23rd February, 2010
Costume Designer: Bernie McCoyDean Crowe Theatre, Athlone25th - 26th February, 2010
Lighting Designer: Mark GalionePavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire1st - 2nd March, 2010
Music: Ben SamuelsGlór, Ennis4th - 5th March, 2010
Movement Director: Monica BieniekBackstage Theatre, Longford8th - 9th March, 2010
Production Manager: Vincent DempseyAn Táin Theatre, Dundalk11th March, 2010
Tour/Stage Manager: Steve RiderOpening Doors Festival, Wales16th - 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