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From Brandon Bay to the Brooklyn Sky

Published 16/10/2013 | 05:36

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Castlegregory playwright Michael Hilliard Mulcahy.

BEYOND the Brooklyn Sky, written and conceived by Castlegregory playwright Michael Hilliard Mulcahy, will receive a belated homecoming later this month when the play, which is on a national 17-venue tour, receives its Kerry debut on the Siamsa Tíre stage on October 30 and 31.

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BEYOND the Brooklyn Sky, written and conceived by Castlegregory playwright Michael Hilliard Mulcahy, will receive a belated homecoming later this month when the play, which is on a national 17-venue tour, receives its Kerry debut on the Siamsa Tíre stage on October 30 and 31.

The play is set in Brandon and centres on a gathering of four people who grew up in the area and spent time together in New York in the 1980s.

Beyond the Brooklyn Sky has been warmly received by critics - the Irish Times gave it a coveted four star rating - since it first opened in the Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford in September 2012 before going on to tour the Pavilion, Axis, Civic and Draíocht theatres as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Its sojourn to Tralee offers West Kerry locals, who will be familiar with many of the actual geographical settings in the play, the chance to see it for themselves.

Playwright Michael Hilliard Mulcahy is a native of Castlegregory. He first worked as an actor in Siamsa Tíre, the Everyman Theatre, Garter Lane Theatre, the Abbey Theatre and the Gaiety Theatre, reprising roles such as Ned in Philadelphia Here I Come, Lellum in John B Keane's The Crazy Wall, Christy in The Playboy of the Western World and Paris in Romeo and Juliet.

Mick's first play 'Waves' earned him the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award at Listowel Writers' Week in 2010. Waves was to become the first part of a trilogy of plays; the second installment, The Mountain, was short-listed for the same award in 2009 as well as the Maguire International Playwriting Award in the US. Beyond the Brooklyn Sky completes the trilogy.

Another one of Mick's recent plays, After Sarah Miles, played to packed houses at the Viking Theatre in Dublin earlier this summer where it was performed by Don Wycherley. Plans are also underway to tour the play next year.

Mick has also appeared in several episodes of Fair City and has just finished filming a short movie 'Skint' which was filmed in Dingle.

The West Kerry native is delighted that production company Red Kettle has embarked on a national tour of Beyond the Brooklyn Sky and he is especially thrilled that his play will be staged at his old stomping ground Siamsa Tíre.

"What I'm most happy about is the fact that this play, about a homecoming, is having somewhat of a homecoming itself when it plays Siamsa Tire," he told The Kerryman.

Beyond the Brooklyn sky will be performed in Siamsa Tíre on Wednesday October 30 and Thursday October 31.

Kerryman

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