Bare Bodkin Theatre Company
Mon 1 – Sat 13 May | 8pm plus 3pm matinees on Saturdays| Boys’ School
Following a highly successful run of The Great Hunger in 2016, Bare Bodkin Theatre Company brings Val O’ Donnell’s hilarious Flann’s Yer Only Man to Smock Alley Theatre for two weeks.
Flann’s Yer Only Man is based on the life and work of Flann O’Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift.
Val re-enacts a wide range of extracts from the humorist’s novels and his celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn column in the Irish Times. These are linked with key biographical events in the writer’s life.
Flann’s Yer Only Man was first performed in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin on 5 October 2011, the centenary of the writer’s birth. Since then, as well as theatre performances in 25 venues across the country, it has played at Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Festival, the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival in Strabane, the Cathedral Quarter Festival in Belfast and the Swift Satire Festival in Trim.
“The (Palace) Bar was host to a wonderful one-man show by Val O’Donnell, titled ‘Flann’s Yer Only Man’- a short journey through the life and legacy of Flann O’Brien.”
-Eamon Delaney, Sunday Independent)
“His performance in the United Arts Club was informative, lively and thoroughly entertaining.”
-Don’s Dublin, Blog
“Flanns Yer Only Man, a one-man show by Val O’Donnell, based on the works of Flann O’Brien, was a howl.”
-Irish Eyes on Pencil Stubs online
“It is informative and delightful, what more could you want?”
-The Red Curtain Review
“An interesting and witty insight into the life and works of Flann O’Brien”
-No More Workhorse