The WINNER of Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2018 is coming to the Town Hall Theatre, Galway as part of a national tour.

In association with Pan Pan Theatre Company and supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Fighting Blindness and NCBI, ‘My Dad’s Blind by Anna Sheils-McNamee is coming to Galway on the 11th September. Centering on a dysfunctional relationship between a blind father and his sighted daughter. My Dad’s Blind uses audio recordings, irreverent comedy, and real-life memories to explore a father-daughter relationship and all the awkward, embarrassing and ridiculous ways they struggle to navigate a sighted world with a guide dog that’s just had a stroke.

Starring Steve Blount (Game of Thrones – HBO, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope – RTÉMinding Frankie – Breda Cashe Productions) and Anna Sheils-McNamee (Vikings HISTORY/The Importance of Nothing – Pan Pan Theatre Company) Directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley.

Artist’s Statement: 

Growing up people told me my Dad was “amazing”, which didn’t make any sense to me.  He’s pretty boring – he works a 9-5 and watches Coronation Street in the evenings.  I soon realised they were only saying this because he was blind.  I wrote this play in response to that. However, this show ain’t no Ted Talk! Imagine Lauren from The Catherine Tate Show (“…am I bothered…”) was a Kardashian and grew up with an epileptic guide dog – then you’ll be closer to the tone of this show.

For the first time ever, Audio-Description will be available at every performance on the tour. Audio-Description on the national tour is sponsored by Fighting Blindness. Fighting Blindness fund world-leading research into treatments and cures for blindness, while caring for people and families through counseling and peer to peer support services.

…at its core lies an astringent comic sensibility and a lively theatrical imagination, brought to life by the energetic performers. All in all, a singular vision of a potentially difficult subject...” ★★★★The Irish Times

NATIONAL TOUR DATES

3rd – 7th September – Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

11th September – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

12th September – VISUAL, Carlow

18th September – Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo

19th September – Wexford Arts Centre

20th September – Ramor, Virginia, Co Cavan

24th September – glór, Ennis, Co Clare

26th September – Watergate, Kilkenny

28th September – An Grainán, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Tickets for the Galway show can be found here. For more information contact Donncha O’Dea/Producer donnchaodea@gmail.com 0877857736

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