Bombshells Back in Tipp!

A bombshell is to hit South Tipperary this week when the hit comedy Bombshells plays at The Simon Ryan Theatre at The Tipperary Excel on Saturday March 12th at 8p.m.  This is the second national tour with Bombshells for Jasango Theatre; a collaborative theatre company formed in Galway in 2009 by Jasmin Finn and Angela Ryan.  This is another chance for Tipperary audiences to see this acclaimed show; the show went down a storm at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles in January and Jasango are delighted to be bringing this award-winning show back to the All-Ireland winning county!

Bombshells is produced and performed by Jasmin and Angela who play four women dealing with the various “bombshells” which may befall women over the course of their lives.  The play enjoyed enormous success at Electric Picnic and on tour last year before it was picked up for The Fota House Summer Theatre Event in Cork.  It was performed in the exquisite grounds of Fota House for five glorious weeks last summer with local press declaring it “pitch perfect” (Evening Echo) The Jasango- girls are just back from an American tour where the production won two prestigious awards earning the show “Best Play” and “Best Ensemble” in the 2010 Bethlehem Press Awards.

Bombshells is a rip-roaring, explosive and hilarious evening spent with several generations of women on the edge. The play focuses on the lives of four women ranging in age from 16 to 64.  From the fame-seeking teenager to the frenetic young mother to the simmering widow and the exultant, terrified bride, these women will surprise and delight you in this series of vivid monologues.   The comedy promises to be just the treat to cure those Recession blues with remarks like “Jaw droppingly good” (Sunday Times) and “Simple, elegant and eloquent….two extraordinarily talented women” (Bethlehem Press,USA) proving that this show is a must-see.

Written for performer Caroline O’Connor, Bombshells premiered at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Australia in 2001.  In 2004, the production, starring O’Connor, was one of the hits of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, transferring to the Arts Theatre in London.  Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s plays have been produced throughout Australia and the world; her newest play, The Female Of The Species, received its UK premiere in London’s West End in 2008.  Of Bombshells, she says “Where once women went mad suppressing their ambitions or dreams, they now drive themselves mad trying to fulfill them all simultaneously…humour, in the end, is our saviour.”

Jasango’s Irish adaption has hit a chord with audiences; women and men of all ages are relating to these funny yet poignant stories.  As part of Jasango’s commitment to collaboration the show features original music by The Go Away Birds and Art by Reidin O’Meara will also be on display in the lobby.  Reidin’s handmade textile work will also be showcased. Hand-knitted brooches and purses will be available for sale at the recession beating starting price of 5 Euro!  Comedy, fun, laughter and even a bit of shopping; it’s all happening at The Excel this week.  Tickets are being snapped up so early booking is advised.  Tickets are 16 Euro or 14 Euro for Groups or Friends of The Excel.  Contact the Box Office at 062-80520

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