The Olive Tree is coming to Nenagh

– Nenagh Arts Centre – Friday 5th May (8:30pm)
– Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo – Thursday 11th May (12:45pm)
– Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise – Thursday 18th May (8pm)
– Tinahely Courthouse, Wicklow – Saturday 20th May (8:30pm)

From a dull day in Tesco to the dusty fields of Palestine.
In the blink of an eye.
What the fuck just happened?

A rainy day in Dublin. A jaded supermarket employee rips a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil. And the Palestinian olive tree of history comes to life before her…

A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.

A new play written and performed by Katie O’Kelly (Stage UK nominee for Best Solo Performer, Edinburgh Fringe 2012), following her recent visit to Palestine planting olive trees with Palestinian farmers.

“Remarkably funny…lyrical and intelligent language makes the political personal” – The Reviews Hub

“O’Kelly performs all the roles with a clean, clear and sharp wit” – No More Workhorse

“A story told with magic and emotional realness” – Pure M Magazine

Katie O’Kelly – Theatre Artist

Katie O’Kelly has been working as a professional playwright and actor for the past seven years.

Katie most recently premiered her adaptation of James Joyce’s Dubliners short stories, Dubliners Women, dir. Sarah Baxter, at the New Theatre and is planning a tour for later 2017.

In 2016, she wrote and performed her solo play about Palestine, The Olive Tree, dir. Davey Kelleher, premiering in the New Theatre and then touring to the HIFA Festival, Zimbabwe.

Her solo show Counter Culture, about retail workers’ rights and zero hours contracts, toured nationally and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Counter Culture was created as part of the Show in a Bag initiative supported by Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Theatre Institute.

She also wrote and performed in the two-hander Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall, directed by Pom Boyd.

She has toured extensively with the solo show JOYCED! written by Donal O’Kelly, for which she was nominated for The Stage Award for Acting Excellence (Solo Performer Category) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. JOYCED! toured nationally around Ireland and to Norway, Finland and the UK, receiving a bursary to perform in the Brighton Fringe Festival.

As an actor, she performed multiple roles in the critically acclaimed A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man(The New Theatre) directed by Jimmy Fay, as well as touring to Paris and the Celtic Festival in Wales as well as two national tours.

Other recent stage credits include Shivvie in Ledwidge (TNT National Tour), Player King/Osric in Hamlet(AC Productions), Goneril in King Lear and The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Smock Alley National Tour) and Ellen Byrne in Lockout (The New Theatre).

Katie is a graduate of the Drama and Theatre Studies BA from Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths College London. She is one of the organisers of PalFest Ireland, a lively, cultural arts festival organised by Irish Artists in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Katie is professionally represented by Lorraine Brennan Management.


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