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29th November, 2018
London Writers’ Eclective present
The London premiere of Straight Outta Connemara
with Páraic Breathnach, Conor Montague and Special Guests
Two Connemara Clans have been at war for generations. Two Connemara men face off to settle the argument once and for all, to battle it out in the most challenging and ruthless arena on the planet: Live comedy.
Páraic Breathnach is the quintessential ‘Man from the West’ who has ploughed a unique furrow in popular art through his role as a Founder of Macnas and on his TG4 show “Soiscéal Pháraic”. Probably best known as “Jacksie” from ‘Killnascully’ he now takes to the London stage with ‘Straight Outta Connemara’.
Páraic Breathnach comes from a long line of story tellers. Brought up in South Connemara he was immersed in the Seanachie tradition at an early age. ‘Straight Outta Connemara’ is based on stories of growing up in the west of Ireland and the trials of fitting into the English speaking world. The show dips in and out of Breathnach’s journey from the rocky shores of Carna to Sunset Boulevard California with countless mishaps and confusions along the way.
The stories recall an Ireland where the Church still reigned, where Politicians were still respectable and the plain people knew their place. Using the traditional Connemara skills of cunning, stubbornness, and obstinacy Breathnach has survived through difficult situations on several continents to bring this show to the comedy stage.
Conor Montague burst onto the London comedy circuit like a Connemara squall, pelting in sideways with excessive bluster and disgraceful timing.
Growing up in a dilapidated Connemara farmhouse yet to experience the convenience of running water, Conor learned that storytelling was currency, currency which could be traded along Connemara’s rugged coastline for precious pearls of high-stool wisdom. So began a half-decent walk through five continents over forty odd years.
At the end of his half-decent walk, Conor experienced two glorious epiphanies.
- The walk could have been completed in half that time on a High Nelly bicycle.
- Perhaps his only purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.
Conor immediately immigrated to London to take the jobs of honest hardworking English stand-ups. Cautionary tales of glorious failure are Conor’s final desperate shots at convincing us and himself that a life wasted isn’t necessarily a wasted life.