The Bilberry Goats present: Is This It?

expired Wed 15th May - Sat 18th May
8pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre
€24
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The Bilberry Goats are in the 13th year of our original three-year plan. Our portfolio of work and sketches has grown exponentially in that time. From early revue shows of music and comedy to the more recent full-bodied productions such as What Rising in 2016, I Do, I Do, So I Do in 2019 and We’re All in this Together in 2022.

Garter Lane Theatre has become the home of the Bilberry Goats where the audience merges with the antics on stage to become as one, when the roars of laughter reverberate throughout the auditorium. So, in this 40th Anniversary year of Garter Lane, we thought we should mark it as only the goats could, with aplomb and sophistication in the form of comic chaos. It’s a nostalgic trip that looks back on some of the finer moments of past shows, but packaged in a new show that will still manage to surprise the audience.

The dominant theme of the show is the death of an old culture of variety theatre in Waterford and the emergence of a more professional form of theatre, but with one problem, no one told the Bilberry Goats. Their hearts belong in the old culture, but they try hard to exist in the new one. They haphazardly upend the politest of situations. Rules are difficult for them as they pursue life by sheer instinct with the faculty of thought only used for pleasure.

From the 15th of May to the 18th the goats will tell their tale with old and new material. They will revisit the chaos of Murder in the Park when the CSI investigates a crime. Show their religious adoration in a procession like no other. Leave the Mayor hapless after a hurricane council meeting. They will also briefly revisit the Covid years with a visit to lockdown hairdressing following by solid demonstration on how the HSE could function with few resources. Add to all this some new material at a graveside and finale that salutes past members but with a very pleasant twist.

This year also Jack Cunninham and his dancers will help us revisit 1984 as the old culture fades out with Thriller. Conor Lyons will also visit the goats for an audition, this we will leave to your imagination. The opening of Act 2 will be in the hands or the voice of the wonderful Greta Rochford and the closing of Act 1 in the gentle hands of Brenda, Hazel and Toby.

The usual suspects will include Tony Corcoran, Davy Sutton, Brenda Giles, Brian Collins, Jane Fraher, Scol Grant, Brian Power, Toby Hickey, Hazel Tebay, Paul Corcoran and Fatz Dunphy.

The goat is one the gentlest signs of the zodiac. They are extremely helpful, sincere, kind, and empathic – compassionate to the misfortune of others but also quiet and somewhat shy. When goats are doing well, they are elegant artists and creative makers. (Zodiac sign of the Goat)

The show is devised by Michael Grant and Tony Corcoran
Directed by Michael (G) and Tony Corcoran.
All original Scripts are written by Tony Corcoran.
Producers are Padraig O’Griofa and Michael Grant
Contributions to script development: Tony Corcoran, Davy Sutton, Scol Grant, Michael Grant and Padraig O’Griofa

expired Wed 15th May - Sat 18th May
8pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre
€24
Buy Tickets
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