The Big Fellow
by Declan Gorman
based on Frank O’Connor’s biography of Michael Collins
Co-Motion Media & Ballina Arts Centre
The Big Fellow is an imaginative, entertaining piece of non-stop theatre. It features literary genius Frank O’Connor recreating the life and tragic death of Michael Collins as he graduates from daring escapades in the War of Independence to commanding the official army of the divided Free State. But there is a twist...
O’Connor fought against Collins in the Civil War. Why did he divert from a glittering literary career just 12 years later to write a book in praise of his dead enemy?
“A combination of physical energy and historical passion … totally engaging.” Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent
“Insightful, inspiring and profoundly moving… A wonderful use of humour is what differentiates Gorman’s drama from other historical narratives.” Orla O’Dea, Westmeath Examiner
Contains strong language and simulated gunfire. Not recommended for children under 13 years.
Tickets: €18 / €16. Early booking advised.
Script developed with support from The Abbey Theatre literary department. Tour supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.