Myles Breen and Bottom Dog make for New York theatre festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Myles Breen in character in Language UnBecoming A Lady - in an image by Ken Coleman - ahead of the play's fundraiser for a trip to New York tonight. Picture: Ken Coleman
BOTTOM Dog Theatre Company will this Thursday night- August 27- host a fundraising performance of Myles Breen’s hit one-man play Language UnBecoming A Lady in the Lime Tree, ahead of a trip to New York for the play.

BOTTOM Dog Theatre Company will this Thursday night- August 27- host a fundraising performance of Myles Breen’s hit one-man play Language UnBecoming A Lady in the Lime Tree, ahead of a trip to New York for the play.

Originally presented in 2009 as part of Limerick Pride, Breen’s play has toured around Ireland and has now been slated to make a debut appearance in Manhattan’s Cell Theatre as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival, run by Limerick man George Heslin.

The company needs to raise funds to cover the large costs of touring the show to the US and hosts the fundraiser this Thursday night, preceded by a pre-show reception at 7pm and followed by a cabaret in Dolan’s Warehouse. Bottom Dog are also crowdfunding, for those that cannot attend.

The play, set in the dressing room of an ageing drag queen who reveals his life and loves, victories and defeats, ranks among veteran Limerick actor Breen’s finest performances, with the actor also writing the piece and pouring his heart into a very loosely autobiographical story of one gay man’s life growing up in Ireland.

Asked if it ranks among his favourite characters Breen says when he started writing it, “this character suddenly took on a life of its own.

“And obviously playing it as well - it is very close to my heart and one of the biggest challenges I ever had, both as a performer and a writer. When I did it first, you just don’t know, but the response from audiences, both old, young, gay and straight, was overwhelming. So in one sense it is my baby and to bring it across the pond, is very exciting,” he said.

Breen says he is looking forward to the reaction from American audiences.

“Just to see what their reaction to it is, because it tells a very Irish version of gay rights, I suppose, and gay liberation, which would be very different in America. So to see how things worked here, and worked there, will be interesting to see what it is like,” he explains.

“We had been in conversation with George Heslin in Origin for a few years and he was very interested in it - but it is just one of those things, there is so much stuff that has to be signed off. To get it this year is incredible, and also - I have never been to NY, so I will be making my debut, off-off-off-off-off Broadway - but I am quite happy about that,” he laughs.