Malachy has just turned 25, and he has a few things to say about that. Dealing with the death of his younger brother, he is struggling to come to terms with all that he is, and everything that he’s not.
Working as a customer support advisor in a call centre at a bin disposal company and experiencing many different escapades with his best friend Pauline, Malachy is eager to take some time to reflect and move on with his life. He quickly comes to realise, however, that it’s not as easy as it seems on paper.
A new play about growing up, and the lessons we learn along the way.
Written/performed by Conor Burke and directed by IFTA nominee Lesley Conroy. Featuring light and sound design by Aidan Cooney and produced by Lisa Nally. Originally developed with the aid of Dublin Fringe Festival.
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY Conor Burke
DIRECTED BY Lesley Conroy
LIGHTING + SOUND DESIGN BY Aidan Cooney
PRODUCED BY Lisa Nally
Tickets €18 | €15 student/OAP/unemployed/matinees
Recommended age 16+
Deals with issues surrounding suicide. Strong language.
About The Company:
Formed in 2022, Eruption Collective is a new theatre company set up by Conor Burke with the sole aim to examine the meaning of the world around us in the 21st century.
We aim to produce relevant (yet irreverent), contemporary (but classic), pleasant (though provocative) performances by the people of today who yearn for a better, more colourful, tomorrow. We encourage eccentricity and are inspired by the imaginative. Conor recently completed his MA degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He graduated from the BA (Drama) degree at Queen Mary, University of London, in 2018. In 2015, he completed the Advanced Actor Training Course at Bull Alley Theatre Training Company, Dublin. Conor became the youngest artist to write and perform a one man play at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2015 with his show, Leaving Narnia. He returned to the festival in May 2018 with Ethan and Evan and All They Know Now.
In 2017, his second play, Sophie, Ben, and Other Problems, debuted at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in London. The show transferred to The Tabard Theatre, London before opening at Assembly Studios, as part of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was performed for a sold-out run. The show made its Irish premiere at the Riverbank Arts Centre before opening for a week at the Boys’ School in Smock Alley. The play most recently played at the Moat Theatre Naas, in a socially distanced capacity. In January 2022, the play made its off West-End debut in The Chiswick Playhouse, London.
In 2019, his show, The Terms and Conditions of Me & My Ma, opened as part of the Scene + Heard festival at Smock Alley Theatre.
His fifth play, Everything is Grand and I’m Completely Okay, was selected for development by Dublin Fringe as part of Fringe Lab 50. The show was performed in The Moat Theatre Naas in August 2021, and also featured as a performance at the UN’s global Queer Youth Network. After performing the play in March 2022, the show will make its Dublin premiere at Smock Alley in August, making it Eruption Collection’s first production.
This was quickly followed by Absolutely Fabulously Ridiculously Ugly- a comedy about the fashion industry, which Conor also penned.
He is the host of GleeCap: A Glee Podcast.