LIMERICK will hit the stage spotlight in the Big Apple tomorrow, as local theatre company Bottom Dog will showcase its production, Language Unbecoming a Lady, as part of an annual festival in New York.
Organiser of the Origin Theatre Company’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival, George Heslin welcomed Myles Breen’s team, the first Limerick group to perform on this international platform.
The one-man show, written and performed by Myles Breen, tells the story of an alter-ego drag queen, called the Divine Diana, and of his struggle and success as a gay man growing up in Ireland.
According to Limerickman Heslin, the performance at one of the “biggest annual showcase of new Irish writing in the world” will give Limerick the “international theatrical platform it has long since deserved.
“This will give huge exposure to Bottom Dog and Limerick theatre generally on an international scale.
“We started the festival eight years ago and every year we have three to four theatre companies from different parts of Ireland performing. But we have never had a Limerick company before so I’m delighted to be finally ending the wait this year.”
Mr Heslin said that the inclusion of Bottom Dog Theatre in the festival “illustrates” the success of Limerick National City of Culture designation, in 2014.
“It has really put it on an international platform as the arts world has definitely taken notice of what was achieved last year and has awoken to the scene in Limerick.”
He added that having this play is one of his “proudest moments”.
The three-man Bottom Dog team consists of director Liam O’Brien, actor Myles Breen and sound-man Pius McGrath, who flew out last week for tomorrow evening’s performance.
Language Unbecoming a Lady is supported by the Limerick Marketing Company.