Monday 5 December 2016

Irish Playwright writes thoughtful play about man who reviews his life after suicide

Published 01/05/2016 | 17:58

Catherine Conlan and the cast of Out of the Blue are getting set to take to the stage to portray the story of Banjo, an Irish man who took his own life, who has the chance to revisit the situations that led to his decision.
Catherine Conlan and the cast of Out of the Blue are getting set to take to the stage to portray the story of Banjo, an Irish man who took his own life, who has the chance to revisit the situations that led to his decision.

An Irish playwright will debut a thoughtful play in Kildare next week, in which a young man re-examines his life from beyond the grave.

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Catherine Conlan and the cast of 'Out of the Blue' are getting set to take to the stage to portray the story of Banjo, an Irish man who took his own life, who has the chance to revisit the situations that led to his decision.

“I decided to write the play and the motivation really was the high incidence of suicide in Celbridge and Maynooth,” said Catherine.

“The play is about a young man, Banjo, who is grappling with an addiction to heroin and the impact it has on every compartment of his life including his relationships.

“It leads him to a place where he unfortunately takes his own life, but he regrets his decision when he has the chance to review his life from the grave and see that there were other solutions and people there for him,” she said.

Catherine, who is living in Celbridge, revealed that actor Graham Twomey is a credit to the role of Banjo, whose relationship break-down is the final catalyst in his decision to take his own life.

“The play also deals with young relationships, as Banjo splits with his girlfriend which adds to his belief that he is unable to cope with the world. The break-up proves the catalyst for his final decision which he deeply regrets.

“We’ve been rehearsing for six weeks and we’re very excited to bring this play to the public for one night only,” she said.

The play will run on May 6 at 8PM in the Celbridge Manor Hotel and all the proceeds will go to the Abbey Community Project which helps those struggling with addiction.

“I really became embroiled in research for this play and spoke to people who struggled with addiction themselves. I read a lot about it and I hope that it will push forward an important message that there is always someone there to help and listen, no matter how lost you may feel.”

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