Theatre: Joxer Daly Esq.

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1st November, 2019

Joxer Daly Esq. 

A one man theatre show:
Starring Award Winning  Irish Actor, Phelim Drew

Written by Eddie Naughton
Directed by Karl Shiels

Bar 7pm

Starts 8pm

Tickets £14/£12 concession

 ‘Phelim Drew totally inhabits the character and … he displays Joxer with comic affection in all his fecklessness and self-exonerating vindictiveness’  Mail on Sunday ★★★★

Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and The Paycock, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play  penned by  Eddie Naughton.

With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq. charts an everyman journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond, scraping by, with only his wit to use as collateral.

From the 1913 Lock Out, to the Rising – and the events of O’Casey’s classic The Plough and the Stars – to the birth of a new divided Nationalism, in Juno and The Paycock, we see it all through the eyes of a survivor like no other.  Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic.

Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinkers purple recollection, makes this a performance like no other. Entertaining and funny, Joxer Daly Esq. is a thought provoking gander at one of Irish Literatures most loveable chancers!

What the Press say about ‘Joxer Daly Esq’.

Directed atmospherically by Karl Shiels, the play charts Joxer’s porter-soaked race to the bottom’ ‘Drew’s vivid performance transforms what is essentially a portrait of an alcoholic into a powerful show’ Sunday Times

‘With shrewd bright eyes, a weatherbeaten face and grey-streaked beard, actor Phelim Drew is convincing as Joxer – the archetypal, gravelly Dub with his plamases, weaselly yarns and raucous singing of tunes such as Phil the Fluther’s Ball’ Sunday Times

‘Phelim Drew’s powerhouse performance as the wild-eyed, shambling figure in the rats and as close to death as makes no matter. He controls the space and the material admirably under Karl Shiel’s sure-handed direction’ Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent.

Biography: Phelim Drew

Phelim trained  at The Gaiety School of Acting under the direction of Joe Dowling. Theatre includes:  Joxer Daly Esq (Bewleys Cafe Theatre)The Plough and The Stars (Abbey production in Lyric Hammersmith and The Gaiety) Once (Dublin and South Korea); The Kings of the Kilburn High Road (Livin Dred); Down and Out in Paris and London (Fishamble/ITI/Tiger Dublin Fringe). He has appeared in numerous productions at The Abbey Theatre including The Risen People, King Lear, Drumbelly and The Curse of the Starving Class. He has also worked at The Gate Theatre, The Almeida (London), The Lyceum (Edinburgh) and with Druid, Rough Magic, Decadent, Siren and The Focus. Film and Television includes: Striking Out, Drummer & The Keeper, Clean Break, Ripper St, Angela’s Ashes; The Commitments and My Left Foot.

Phelim  is married to Sue Collins and they have four children, Vivian 14, Milo 13, Seanie 11, Lily 11, and a dog called Paddy-Fields.


1st November, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Irish Cultural Centre
5 Black's Road
Hammersmith, W6 9DT United Kingdom


Irish Cultural Centre
020 85638232