by Maeve Ingoldsby

Adapted from the play “‘Bella, Boss und Bulli” By Volker Ludwig far the most successful and rewarding of their theatre-in-education productions” – Jocelyn Clarke, The Sunday Tribune, April 28, 1996

Dee-Dee (Aoife O'Beirne), Doc (Ben Palmer) and Digger (John Desmond)

Dee-Dee (Aoife O'Beirne), Doc (Ben Palmer) and Digger (John Desmond) (Photo: Tom Brett)

Dee-Dee 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 Doc and Digger think her mother is terrific. 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 deal with the bully and the self-confidence they gain through mutual support encourages them to tackle the difficulties they have at home, with comic and unexpected results…

The play focused around the exploits of three children. Many of the views, attitudes and concerns of this age group are given expression through the characters of Digger, Doc and Dee-Dee as they contend with their problems and their relationships with the adults who take care of them.

A play for children 6 – 11 years.

Running time appox 70 minutes.

The ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: John DesmondWatergate Theatre, Kilkenny22nd - 26th April 1996
Actor 2: Ben PalmerGaiety Theatre, Dublin7th - 9th May 1996
Actor 3: Aoife O'BeirneBackstage Theatre, Longford13th - 15th May 1996
Actor 4: Roisin GribbinBelltable, Limerick20th -24th May 1996
Actor 5: Karl Shiels
Actor 6: Robert English
Director: Philip Hardy
Musical Director: John Ryan
Costume Design: Bernie McCoy
Lighting Design: Jim Daly
Set Design: Harry Harries
Musicians John Ryan and TJM Tutty
Production Manager: Veronica McGuire
Stage Manager Helena Devlin
Scenic Painters: Celine Gittins
Scenic Painter: Kate Schreiber