Blue Stacks Festival Presents ”Dont Go There” Wed 2nd October @8pm
Wednesday 2nd October @ 8pm €10 Bluestack Festival Presents ‘ Don’t Go There”
Written and Performed by Martin Jim McFadden
Based on the Book by Martin Jim McFadden. Stage Adaptation by Conor Malone. Directed by Kieran Quinn.
‘Even when I was younger, I could always go without a drink. I didn’t need alcohol to have a conversation with someone or for confidence. The problem was, once I started I could never stop.’ Don’t Go There is the stark, often hilarious and ultimately inspiring story of Martin Jim McFadden and a decades long battle with the bottle. Written and related by the man who lived it, Don’t Go There is packed with accounts of hellraising exploits in Donegal, Dublin, Glasgow and London. Accidents, injuries and payouts, encounters with prostitutes, policemen and priests – it’s all there in this wildly engaging portrait of a man who goes through the depths of despair, before eventually clawing his way back to share his story with the world.
Martin Jim McFadden has written two accounts to-date of his battles with alcohol addiction – Sober, I am Not Afraid (2008) and Don’t Go There (2014). He has also written a very well received biography of his great grand uncle, Canon James McFadden – The Patriot Priest of Gaoth Dobhair.
Conor Malone is a theatre manager and playwright. His most recent work, Robin B’stard and The Water Thieves, has enjoyed a number of very successful runs at the Balor Arts Centre. His short play, The Fund, won a PJ O’Connor Award in 2015 and was broadcast on RTÉ Radio’s Drama On One.
Kieran Quinn has directed all of Balor Rep’s productions to-date for the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival. Always a favourite with festival audiences, recent highlights have included Marie Jones’ Fly Me To The Moon, Michael Harnett’s The Lad From Laghey and John Murphy’s The Country Boy.
It is now going on 12 years since Martin took his last drink. Over those years, he has met many wonderful people and shared his story with them. He has even met his soccer hero, ‘Gazza’, and exchanged books with him. ‘It was a good read, mate’, is what he said. The Irish World (London)
Please Note : Contains Strong Language and some Adult Content. 16yrs +