Bang Bang by Dermot Bolger at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre
Bewley’s Café Theatre @Powerscourt in association with Axis Ballyman is proud to present
BANG BANG by Dermot Bolger
Directed by Mark O’Brien
Performed by Pat McGrath
A jaunt through Dublin’s streets with one of the city’s best-loved characters!
It’s 1980 and Christmas decorations have appeared in the Home for the Blind where Dublin’s most famous gunslinger, the legendary street character Bang Bang, has finally hung up his holster. But in his heart Bang Bang knows that will be his last Christmas and soon he must face the final shootout he has spent decades preparing for while roaming the streets of Dublin, which became Dodge City in his mind as he jumped down from open-backed buses to fight imaginary gun battles with bushwhackers, using his trusty, rusty key.
This hilarious yet poignant new play takes us inside the mind of one of Dublin’s best loved real-life eccentrics of yesteryear: an irrepressible dreamer who magically transformed Dublin into the Wild West for generations of young Dubliners who encountered him every day.
Bang Bang was commissioned as part of Dublin City Council’s Dublin Culture Connects Initiative – programme of activities and projects seeking to build engagement and connection or re-connection in the city through partnerships that are meaningful to the citizens and connecting Dubliners to their communities, and artists to cultural institutions since September 2016, creating excitement and engaging people.
About Bang Bang:
‘For years Bang Bang had been one of the best-known characters on the streets of Dublin. He was born in 1906, a birth year he shared with his great hero, John Wayne. He would descend on bus and tram passengers in Dublin, point a large brass church door key – his “Colt .45” – at them and shout “bang bang” in the style of the cowboy films.
‘Two years before he died he was immortalised in The Dubliner’s song The Mero which included the line “Bang Bang shoots the buses with his golden key”.
‘People loved his childlike innocence, although it concealed a tragic life. He grew up on Clarence Street, Dublin, the son of John Dudley, a chimney sweep, and his wife, Mary. His father died when Bang Bang was seven. His mother died, too, but it is not clear when. In any case, Bang Bang spent much of his childhood in an orphanage in Cabra.’ IRISH TIMES
Opens December 6th (previews 4th and 5th) and plays until December 23rd, 2017.
Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)
Tickets: Low-price Mondays €8, Tues – Thurs €10, Fri – Sat €12.
Light Lunch available €4.
BOOKING: 086-8784001 / www.bewleyscafetheatre.com
Bewley’s Café Theatre is on the top floor of Powerscourt Shopping Centre.