Enormous Yes: Bonny Boys Are Few

Enormous Yes: Bonny Boys Are Few

Part of Arches LIVE 2013

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Sep 2013 | 7.30pm (45 mins) | £8/£6 - or buy a Festival Pass for £32/£26

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“We are creatures of necessity.
Necessity is the mother of love.”

From Nights in the Gardens of Clare by Paul Durcan

First there was Liam, who would tickle him awake and tell him he was the heir to a land of giants. Then there was Peter who fought conger eels with a Crocodile Dundee knife and brought him rusted treasures from the harbour deep. And then there was Zid who gave him games on floppy discs and was eventually found with his body as rigid as the rope from which it hung.

Then Christine, then Stewart, then Alvyn, then Samir, then Alan, then Taylor. To name a few.

Michael has had a lot of fathers.

Bonny Boys are Few is a lyrical new performance exploring fatherhood and sonliness, using as stimulus the experience of writer and performer Michael John O’Neill. Michael lived until the age of eighteen in a home shared with a mixture of students, vulnerable adults and migrant workers, many of whom acted as short-term surrogate fathers in absence of Michael’s biological father.

With Bonny Boys are Few, Michael has spent time travelling around Ireland and spoke with some of the men and women who played such vital, if fleeting roles, in his upbringing. Using poetry, storytelling, music and film Enormous Yes have drawn upon these stories and experiences to create a moving portrait of fathers and sons, both absent and present, and the journey from one to the other.

Unacknowledged by his dad, writer/performer Michael John O’Neill was raised in a boarding house surrounded by surrogate fathers who drifted in and out of his life. This performance is the culmination of an expedition across Ireland reconnecting with these people and questioning the responsibility they embraced, using music, video, storytelling and the poetry of Michael’s father to create a lyrical portrait of fathers and sons, both absent and present, and the journey from one to the other.

Directed by Rob Jones.
Written and performed by Michael John O’Neill
Featuring Claire Willoughby
Music by Chris McAteer and Matt Regan
Video by Morgan Spencer
Produced by Callum Smith

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Festival diary for Wed 25th & Thurs 26th Sep**:

6pm-6.50pm Greg Sinclair: I Do, Do I (Practice Room)
6pm-6.50pm Peter Lannon and Emma Nutland: Punching Woman… (Studio)
7pm-7.20pm V/DA: Behave (Foyer)
7.30pm-8.15pm Enormous Yes: Bonny Boys Are Few (Playroom)
7.30pm-8.15pm Ian Johnston: He’s The Greatest Dancer (Practice Room)
8.30pm-8.50pm V/DA: Behave (Foyer)
9pm-9.30pm Calum MacAskill: Every Pound’s A Prisoner! (B3)
9pm-9.45pm Rosana Cade: Sister (Studio)

From 6pm onwards:

Rachel Frances Sharpe: Smoke (Backstage Chamber, installation)
Unboxed: Break The Silence (B4, installation)*
Leo Glaister: Ultraviolet Catastrophe (Promenade piece, 20 min slots)
Calum MacAskill: Every Pound’s A Prisoner! (Cafe Bar, installation)

*25th only
**all times may run over