The hit show ‘How to Keep an Alien’ at The Source Thurles

They met, they fell in love. Now all they have to do is prove it to the government!

Rough Magic has announced the revival of the hit show How to Keep an Alien. A story about falling in love and proving it to the government, written and performed by Sonya Kelly. The play returns from it’s almost month long residency at the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 to resume the nationwide Irish Tour from September to November.

The hit show 'How to Keep an Alien' at The Source ThurlesHow to Keep an Alien is a funny and tender autobiographical tale in which Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, but Kate’s visa is up and she must leave the country.  Together they must find a way to prove to the Department of Immigration that they have the right to live together in Ireland.  The paper trail of evidence for ‘the visa people’ takes them on a global odyssey from County Offaly to the Queensland Bush. It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of a whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork!

How to Keep an Alien is directed by Gina Moxley and performed by Sonya Kelly with support from Justin Murphy.  Kelly’s debut show, The Wheelchair on My Face, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2012 and has played 150 performances in over 50 venues including New York where it received the New York Times Critics’ Pick.


How to Keep an Alien

Thursday 08 October, 8pm

The Source Arts Centre Thurles


For all bookings and enquiries  ring 0504-90204 Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm,Saturday 2-5pm or book online at


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