Michael Grant and Padraig O’Griofa
The Bilberry Goats
We Are All in This Together
Garter Lane Theatre
September 27th (extra night added)
Since our last sold-out performances in 2019 with ‘I Do, I Do, So I Do’ a lot has changed in our lives. We believe that it is the role of writers, actors, theatre, and multimedia to try and reflect these changes. Sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant.
To do so we must have the courage to look at ourselves and frown or smile at what we get up to, and examine how we interpret rules and life in general so that we can keep going without being dragged down by the reality of it all. Some things are clear and the reasons appear sensible to us, others we entirely miss, do not understand, or just plainly disagree with.
Welcome to the bounded rationality of the Bilberry Goats world.
This year’s show is called We’re All in This Together. Looking at some of the highs and lows of the last few years with an emphasis on the character of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
With a super strong male comedy cast of Tony Corcoran, Davy Sutton, Scol Grant, Toby Hickey, Jucky Collins, Paul Corcoran and Fatz Dunphy in the red corner. And an even more impressive female lineup of Brenda Giles, Hazel Tebay, Jane Fraher and Greta Rochford in the blue corner. This show highlights the common threads that run between both sexes when dealing with their world turned upside down. It also crashes headlong into their differences and tries gallantly to negotiate a way out.
In Act 1 we reflect on recent human behaviour, both sensible and downright ridiculous in how we managed to live a normal life. Whether it’s a visit to the doctors, hairdressers, or pub we managed to remain (barely) sane through humour whilst bewildered, confused, angry and scared. Especially scared when we lost friends or family. But time and tide and all that, left us no choice but to drive on.
In Act 2 we leave the lockdown behind and figure out a way of living again in a kinder more politically correct world. This world is a puzzle to certain types of characters who think that PC stands for personal computer!
A visit to the Dail, the centre of our power, is an example of the steep hill we have to climb to attain a decent perspective. Failing miserably, we then wander into the crazy world of workshops to correct our behaviour. This scene defies explanation and needs you there in the room to understand the depth of our human soul and its problems.
Changing mankind is an onerous task for Toby as the politically correct miserably failing instructor. However, he is rescued in the end as womenkind stand up to the boys and tells them ‘Don’t Tell Me What to Do’ in the most interesting way one could imagine.