By Maeve Ingoldsby

Adapted from the play Bella, Boss and Bulli by Volker Ludwig.

Digger (Martin McCann), Dee-Dee (Sarah Dillon) and Doc (Alan Walsh)

Digger (Martin McCann), Dee-Dee (Sarah Dillon) and Doc (Alan Walsh) (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

Dee-Dee Daly is at war with her mother. She has not been consulted about moving to a new area and resents leaving her home and her friends. At her new school she meets up with Doc and Digger, two classmates who also have parent trouble. Doc’s busy parents give him everything except the attention he needs. Digger is afraid his father will send him away. Much to Dee-Dee’s annoyance the boys think her mother is great.

The three children, all isolated in their own way, are drawn together by their common need for friendship and by the threat of an older boy who is blackmailing them. They join forces to confront the bully and the self-confidence they gain through mutual support encourages them to tackle the difficulties they have at home, with unexpected and comic results.

A play for 6 – 12 year olds.

Running time appox 70 minutes.

The ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: Martin McCannWatergate, Kilkenny10th – 18th February
Actor 2: Alan WalshMullingar Arts Centre23rd – 24th February
Actor 3: Sarah DillonDraíocht, Blanchardstown26th – 27th February
Actor 4: Thomas FarrellSiamsa Tíre, Tralee2nd March
Actor 5: Niamh ShawPavilion, Dun Laoghaire4th – 5th March
Actor 6: Robert O’ConnorBelltable, Limerick8th – 12th March
Director: Philip HardyTown Hall, Dundalk15th – 16th March
Assistant Director: Mike CarberyDunamaise, Portlaoise18th – 19th March
Music Arrangement: John RyanBackstage, Longford22nd – 26th March
Set Design: Chisato YoshimiBlack Box Theatre, Galway29th – 30th March
Lighting Design: Jim DalyCastlebar, Co Mayo19th – 20th April
Costume Design: Bernie McCoyDean Crowe Theatre, Athlone22nd – 23rd April
Production Manager: Michael BurkeCivic Theatre, Tallaght26th – 30th April
Technical Manager: Michael KyleSt Michael’s Theatre, New Ross5th – 6th May
Stage Manager: Anne BrodieAn Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny10th – 11th May
Deputy Stage Manager: Ronan EganHawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo13th – 14th May
Production Assistant: Alan Farrell
Scenic Artist: Tom Tulloch
Set Construction: Kevin Courtney
Additional Construction: Ted Barham