Thriller Play, Little Thing, Big Thing, at The Source Thurles

Commissioned by Fishamble in partnership with the STROLLERS Touring Network

Fishamble: The New Play Company is delighted to present the world premiere of a new work by Donal O’Kelly.  In recent years, Fishamble has toured its award winning productions extensively, and this Fishamble commission in partnership with Strollers Touring Network will continue to bring new work to even more audiences in Ireland.

Donal O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s foremost socially engaged playwrights. In this new stream-of-consciousness thriller, Little Thing, Big Thing, he pulls out all the stops.


You make a promise to someone: you have to keep it. You may not want to, but you must. And that little thing, leads to a bigger thing, and big and powerful people start to take notice – and they won’t want you to keep that promise. But you have to keep going, don’t you? And you have to keep going until you find more people, and more people to make this little thing a very big thing indeed.


In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future. The film roll Martha is carrying attracts the urgent interest of some very powerful and ambitious people.

Donal O'Kelly and Sorcha Fox in Fishamble's Little Thing, Big Thing - photo by Pat Redmond

Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox in Fishamble’s Little Thing, Big Thing – photo by Pat Redmond

Directed by Jim Culleton, Little Thing, Big Thing, features Sorcha Fox (Tiny Plays for Ireland 2, The Cambria, The Adventures Of The Wet Señor, Bogboy) and Donal O’Kelly (Catalpa, Bat The Father Rabbit The Son, Jimmy Joyced!, The Cambria). They play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the brutal world of international energy skullduggery and awaken passions they thought were long behind them.


Commissioned by Fishamble in partnership with the STROLLERS Touring Network.  Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

About Fishamble: The New Play Company;

Fishamble is a multi-award winning company, dedicated to new plays.  It tours its productions throughout Ireland and internationally.


As well as a range of new writing initiatives, and training and development schemes, Fishamble’s planned programme for the year includes: continued touring in Ireland and internationally of its multi award winning productions of Forgotten and Silent by Pat Kinevane; Swing by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran on national tour and to New York, Paris and Edinburgh; Spinning, a new play by Deirdre Kinahan; Underneath, a new play by Pat Kinevane premiering at Limerick City of Culture.

Saturday 15 March 8pm

The Source Arts Centre

Tickets, €16/14 concession


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