Breen’s ‘Bachelor’ to open in the Lime Tree

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Myles Breen gets a trim from leading actor Brendan Conroy at the launch of the The Bachelor of Kilkish, which opens this Wednesday. Picture: Keith Wiseman
THE final touches are being put to Myles Breen’s The Bachelor of Kilkish, opening in the Lime Tree this week.

THE final touches are being put to Myles Breen’s The Bachelor of Kilkish, opening in the Lime Tree this week.

The brand new play is produced by Bottom Dog and funded by City of Culture.

The play tells the story of a sixty five year old barber in a small seaside resort, Kilkish, whose place in the community is drastically changed over the course of a summer.

“The idea for this play has been in my head for three, maybe four years, and bubbling up,” Breen explained.

“I always knew there was six in the cast and it had a big set - it is all set in this naturalistic barber shop - and unfortunately that all cost money.

“So in one sense, while it was in my head, I was putting it on the long finger, but then we got funding from City of Culture. That meant I had to sit down and write it,” he laughed.

The play is Breen’s second after the superb and slightly auto-biographical Language Unbecoming a Lady, which has toured nationally and put Bottom Dog on the map.

It will be the company’s biggest since the Revengers Tragedy in 2009 and sees them move to the much larger Lime Tree Theatre.

Directed by fellow company founder Liam O’Brien, the play the story of a sixty five year old barber in a place many will know and relate to. The arrival of a young gay man forces The Bachelor to face up to the lies he has told himself and others.

“I have always been fascinated by small communities - and this is a fictional seaside town, somewhere between Kilkee and Kilrush,” said Myles.

“While set in the summer season, it is all about the core community and the people who live in the town and how they relate to people who arrive from outside,” he adds.

The production is a major and significant one for Bottom Dog, who deserve the significant support awarded to them by City of Culture to attempt to leap to a larger stage and features Brendan Conroy in the lead role.

A stellar cast also features Moone Boy’s Clare Monnelly, Pascal Scott, Game of Thrones’ Deirdre Monaghan and Cillian Ó’Gairbhí

“All involved with Bottom Dog are extremely proud and passionate Limerick people and we are extremely honoured to be presenting a truly large scale theatre production as part of the ‘Made in Limerick’ strand of this year’s City of Culture,” said Liam O’Brien.

“This allows to produce a full blown professional production like this which has not previously been possible

The play runs from this Wednesday to Friday. See www.limetreetheatre.ie for tickets.