Out of Joint and the Lyric Hammersmith present
The Big Fellah
by Richard Bean & Max Stafford-Clark 2010
Critics’ Choice “Hilariously funny… A play that turns on a sixpence between laughter and terror”
4 STARS “Gripping… Poignant portraits of what it means to sell your soul”
Richard Bean’s brilliantly original, funny and shocking play was a huge critical hit last autumn. Finbar Lynch reprises his acclaimed performance in the title role.
New York, 1972. Michael Doyle, a young fireman, joins the IRA. Soon his Bronx apartment is overrun with a fast-quipping Irish killer; a beautiful woman he really mustn’t fall in love with; and charismatic boss David Costello, the “Big Fellah” himself. Over three turbulent decades their lives veer from farce to deadly danger…
Critics’ Choice “Jaw-dropping laughs… a big meaty subject… cracking performances” Sunday Times
4 STARS: GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, TIME OUT, DAILY TELEGRAPH, DAILY MAIL, WHATSONSTAGE, METRO
Richard Bean’s plays include Under The Whaleback, Harvest (Critics’ Circle Awards: Best Play), Honeymoon Suite, The English Game and most recently The Heretic at the Royal Court and the controversial, Olivier-nominater England People Very Nice for the National Theatre.
Director: by Max Stafford-Clark
Designer: Tim Shortall
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Sound Designer: Nick Manning
Cast includes Yasmine Akram, Luke Griffin, Youssef Kerkour, Lisa Kerr, Finbar Lynch, David Ricardo-Pearce, David Rintoul.
(2010 cast: Rory Keenan, Youssef Kerkour, Finbar Lynch, Claire Rafferty, David Ricardo-Pearce, Fred Ridgeway, Stephanie Street)
Recommended for age 14+
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