This Saturday, 27th January 2018, Ballina Arts Centre is the venue for the Down at Heel Productions play A Tale of the Expected, a bittersweet comedy by novelist, Martina Reilly. This original play is a labour of love by its author and actors and has been launched independently. (It even has Mayo connections – see below!) Come along to Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday, 27th January 2018 and revel in an unforgettable evening of theatre, full of liveliness and energy.
Martina is the author of the bestselling novels Things I Want You to Know and the Impac Long-listed Something Borrowed. A Tale of the Expected is a sister play to her well-received Breathing Lessons.
A Tale of the Expected
Lana is eighteen and pregnant. The father is Roman, a.k.a. Mr Party Central, and his family run the local chipper. Lana is determined to have the baby while the thoughts of becoming a Dad make Roman ill. In fact, the only thing he and Lana have in common is that they both love to watch re-runs of Deal or No Deal. It’s not the most promising start….
A clash of personality, of families and of cultures combine to create an uplifting and emotional night of theatre.
Martina’s mother, Catherine Reilly, nee Henry, is from Cloonacanna, Swinford. The male lead in the play, Roman, is played by Donnagh Mayock. Donnagh’s dad is from Killala and his mother hails from Glenamoy. He is the nephew of Gabriel Irwin, who was the Mayo goalkeeper in the late eighties and won an All Star in 1989.
They are looking forward to bringing the play down West!
A Tale of the Expected is an original play and labour of love and we think it will contain a good few twists and turns that are unexpected too. Let’s go to Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday, 27th January for a great evening’s entertainment.
For further information, check out Down at Heel Productions on Facebook.
Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Phone: 00353 96 73593, or
Book online: Ballina Arts Centre