Wednesday 22 May 2019

'The Good Father' explores topic of crisis pregnancy

The Good Father comes to the Hawk’s Well
The Good Father comes to the Hawk’s Well

Rise Productions bring their production of Christian O'Reilly's The Good Father to the stage at the Hawk's Well Theatre tomorrow (Wednesday).

Following the story of two strangers who meet at a New Year's Eve house party, the play charts their encounter and the ensuing difficulties they face as the unlikely couple are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption.

"We're really looking forward to getting to Sligo. The Hawk's Well is one of my favourite places," Aonghus Óg McAnally, Director, told The Sligo Champion.

"It's been a really successful production. We did ten shows before Christmas and now we have 14 nationwide."

He explained: "So the play charts the journey of the couple - do we keep the baby? And how we go about that.

"It's really funny. You'll laugh and you'll cry."

The theme of the play is quite topical at the minute, with the country voting on Friday on the eighth amendment.

"What I like about it is that it doesn't lean or promote either side.

"There are frank conversations, abortion was discussed so whatever side you're into you will enjoy it."

For Aonghus, acting is everything. Acting is in his blood, and he has been involved in the industry since he was a teenager.

"I'm a 3rd generation actor. My Dad and my grandfather were actors. My granny was an actor, my Mum was always an actor. My whole family is in the business.

"I started working at 15 and I was working with Pierce Brosnan which was an odd experience for a 15 year old.

"Theatre is home, but I love working in film and TV as well. I love the immediacy of theatre, you've got to perform there and then, there's no second chance."

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