Danger Money by John McManus

December 15, 2016 |  by

Sea­mus O’Rourke once again teams up with Cavan writer John McManus (The Quare Land) in his lat­est pro­duc­tion Dan­ger Mon­ey - a beau­ti­ful ‘close-up’ of rur­al Irish life — which will be tour­ing from the end of May until mid-Octo­ber 2016. 

Lon­don was only ever meant to be a step­ping stone for Ted­dy ‘the Muck­er’ Tuck­er but some­how he stayed there for over thir­ty years until one day he abrupt­ly aban­doned his friends and his job and returned home to North Leitrim. He now finds him­self in the bog won­der­ing: Should snakes receive the Free Trav­el Pass? Are birds the souls of peo­ple that have passed on? What is that clown in num­ber six smok­ing? Do we know what we don’t know? Why is he’s bag­ging turf when he doesn’t even have a fire­place…

Often described as being of the same ilk, John the writer and Sea­mus the actor hope to bring a sto­ry full of heartache and humour to the stage and with McManus’s very indi­vid­ual mad­ness sprin­kled through­out, it promis­es to be a pro­duc­tion to remem­ber.

John McManus is from Bal­ly­con­nell in Coun­ty Cavan. His radio plays, No Hate Going to Loss and Will You Swap Knees with Me? Both won RTE P.J. O’Connor Awards. His first stage play, A Lock of Fierce Roars, received a staged read­ing by Druid The­atre Com­pa­ny. The Quare Land was first pro­duced by Deca­dent The­atre Com­pa­ny at the Gal­way Arts Fes­ti­val in 2010 and toured Ire­land in a new pro­duc­tion direct­ed by and star­ring Sea­mus O’Rourke in 2013. It was then pro­duced in New York at the Irish Reper­to­ry The­atre in 2015 as part of the Ori­gin First Irish Fes­ti­val where it won the Best Play­wright Award. John com­plet­ed the New Playwright’s Pro­gramme at the Abbey The­atre, Dublin, in 2014. He has had read­ings of oth­er new plays at the­atres in Cavan, Gal­way, Dublin, Cana­da and Amer­i­ca.

Sea­mus O’Rourke con­tin­ues his cru­sade of bring­ing rur­al Irish sto­ries and char­ac­ters to the audi­ences of Ire­land. His short sto­ries and mono­logues are watched all over the world on social media and his plays, dig, Down, The Trappe Fam­i­ly, Ride On, Stale­mate and Victor’s Dung have giv­ing us a mix­ture of fun and sad­ness over the years, but it is his One-Man shows, The Sand Park, Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walk­ing and Indi­ges­tion that have brought him to new heights in the the­atre world and it’s with great rel­ish that he takes on the role of Ted­dy ‘the Muck­er’ Tuck­er as he comes to terms with his lot.


Sat­ur­day 4th Feb­ru­ary
Castlerea, Co. Roscom­mon 
Time: 8:30pm | Tel: 086 1081004

Thurs­day 16th & Fri­day 17th Feb­ru­ary
The Dock, Car­rick-on-Shan­non 
Time: 8:30pm | Tel: 071 9650828

Sat­ur­day 18th Feb­ru­ary
Delvin, Co. West­meath 
Time: 8:30pm | Tel: 044 9664484


Danger Money


1 Comment

  1. Have you any appear­ances between now and the 8th Dec 16? Looks as if you may not but would appre­ci­ate a con­fir­ma­tion either way. Best wish­es for the fes­tive “blow out” and the New Year. John

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