by Michael West with Andrew Benett
Directed by Annie Ryan
Music by Vincent Doherty
FOLEY is a hilarious, moving exploration of what it is that your family passes onto you. Fresh from an eleven week tour of the United States of America, the multi award winning Corn Exchange bring their outstanding production of Foley to the Centre Culturel Irlandais.
George Foley is the last of his line, among the last Protestants in the Republic of Ireland, "the end point of all that evolution and fruitcake." Foley finds himself stranded between two cultures having lost faith in both. In his attempt to work out where he belongs, he realizes that your inheritance does not consist of the things that come down to you, but the things you can?t get rid of.
The play is a most unusual portrait of a dwindling minority - the Big House gentry. It examines what it is to be an Irish Protestant living in a predominantly Catholic Irish Republic (Protestants form less than 4% of the population).
Director Annie Ryan is originally from Chicago, she trained in acting and improvisation in the Piven Theatre Workshop and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She was a member of John Cusack's Chicago based Theatre company New Crime productions, which specialised in Commedia dell'Arte. Annie moved to Ireland in 1992, founded The Corn Exchange for the first Dublin Fringe Festival and subsequently married playwright and author of Foley, Michael West.
"Quite outstanding" Michael Billington, The Guardian
"one of the best and most original pieces of new Irish dramatic writing to emerge in several years."
The Sunday Tribune and Variety