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BANG BANG by Dermot Bolger
December 04 - 23, 2017
Time: 1pm (doors at 12.50pm)
Starring Pat McGrath

A New Play about one of Dublin's most beloved characters
Photo Credit: Marian Fitzpatrick

Bewley's Café Theatre in association with axis Ballymun are proud to present...


Don't miss this beautiful new one man show by Dermot Bolger

Starring Pat McGrath
Directed by Mark O'Brien

It’s 1980 and Christmas decorations have appeared in the Home for the Blind where Dublin’s most famous gunslinger, the legendary street character Bang Bang, has finally hung up his holster. But in his heart Bang Bang knows that this will be his last Christmas and soon he must face the final shootout he has spent decades preparing for while roaming the streets of Dublin. Dublin City, which became Dodge City in his mind as he jumped down from open-backed buses to fight imaginary gun battles with bushwhackers, using his trusty, rusty key.

This hilarious yet poignant new play takes us inside the mind of one of Dublin's best loved real-life eccentrics of yesteryear: an irrepressible dreamer who magically transformed Dublin into the Wild West for generations of young Dubliners who encountered him every day​. Through his eyes we get to see an alternative social history of Dublin that has much to say to the present day, especially at Christmas time, when our humanity and shared experience is most dear.

Bang Bang was commissioned as part of Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood 2016. Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood project is a programme of activities and projects seeking to build engagement and connection or re-connection in the city through partnerships that are meaningful to the citizens and connecting Dubliners to their communities, and artists to cultural institutions since September 2016, creating excitement and engaging people.

From the Irish Times:
'For years Bang Bang had been one of the best-known characters on the streets of Dublin. He was born in 1906, a birth year he shared with his great hero, John Wayne. He would descend on bus and tram passengers in Dublin, point a large brass church door key – his “Colt .45” – at them and shout “bang bang” in the style of the cowboy films.

'Two years before he died he was immortalised in The Dubliner’s song The Mero which included the line “Bang Bang shoots the buses with his golden key”.

'People loved his childlike innocence, although it concealed a tragic life. He grew up on Clarence Street, Dublin, the son of John Dudley, a chimney sweep, and his wife, Mary. His father died when Bang Bang was seven. His mother died, too, but it is not clear when. In any case, Bang Bang spent much of his childhood in an orphanage in Cabra.'

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