West For The Weekend

Be Your Own Banana Theatre Company



by Liam Heylin

Directed by: Brian Desmond       

Performed by: Chris Schmidt-Martin

. . . April 2008 and Sully has a lot going on.  There’s so much to sort out before he heads off west for a weekend with the lads.  The ex is going mad cause he’s neglecting the daughter, the girlfriend wants more quality time, and the boss is going ballistic about the 35,000 that’s gone missing from a client account.  And that’s only the half of it.  But sure no hassle, he’ll be on the pig’s back once that accumulator with the bookies comes in.  And as for the dead fox in the freezer . . . well that’s another story . . .

Be Your Own Banana Theatre Company (BYOB) are delighted to bring the premiére of a new play by Liam Heylin (Love, Peace and Robbery) to the Granary Theatre, for one week only, this September.  Set in 2008 in a bubble ready to burst, West For The Weekend is a hilarious one-man show about a young man who thought the Celtic Tiger was a gift that would never stop giving, and features comic stalwart Chris Schmidt-Martin in the title role.  West For The Weekend is a highly imaginative piece of writing , and the intimate Granary Theatre is the perfect venue to enjoy this comic and energetic piece of storytelling theatre.

Since being founded in Cork in 2000, BYOB has developed its own particular style of contemporary storytelling theatre and is now an international theatre collective.  BYOB has previously produced work in venues and festivals throughout Ireland, the UK and the US, including appearances off-Broadway.  This is the company’s first show in Ireland since 2007, and the team are delighted to be back on home territory for this production.  Previous Cork productions include De Bogman, The Self-obsessed Tragedy of Ed Malone and Thailand: What’s Love Got To Do With It!  For one week only . . .