If you have kids at home who love dogs and you want to help them understand our homeless populations day to day reality in a soft way don’t miss this wonderful play.
Told through the eyes of loveable dog Here-Boy, who lives on the street with his owner Fran, Tall Tail is a heart-warming play featuring on-stage, original live musical performances. Aimed at family audiences, dog-lovers and anyone who has ever made a friend for life, this play gently shows us the unique bond of human-dog friendship alongside the reality of loneliness for those living on the streets.
A 60-minute, one-person play featuring James de Burca who plays Here-Boy, accompanied by live on-stage musical performances from Conor Clancy & Beka Ruane from funk-pop band TOUCAN.
Tall Tail’s writer & director Alan Dalton, co-founder of ALSA Productions who are Theatre Graduates in Residence at the CIT Cork School of Music, hopes the production will shine a creative light on some of the unlit corners of the reality that faces those affected by homelessness: “I’m delighted we are getting to premiere Tall Tail to audiences in my hometown of Cork. With Tall Tail, we want to bring warmth and humour to a very pressing issue, increase understanding and tell a story that children and their families can gently learn from together. Many of us, young and old, know how the incredible bond of owning a pet can benefit and that extends to the many people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today.”
Tall Tail is funded by the Arts Council and the Cork City Council Arts office. With production partners Graffiti Theatre Company and CIT Cork School of Music, Tall Tail is also supported by Focus Ireland who is Ireland’s leading not for profit organisation working to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. ALSA Productions have partnered with Focus Ireland on a ‘pay it forward’ scheme to provide free performances of Tall Tail to children and families currently experiencing homelessness. Tall Tail audiences at the Cork Midsummer festival will have the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ when they book online, by purchasing an additional ticket for a child to come and see a performance of the production, supporting the work of Focus Ireland.
Dick White, Focus Ireland’s Fundraising and Marketing Executive in Cork said, “We’re delighted to support Tall Tail and provide audiences with the opportunity to take action afterwards and find out ways to support the work of Focus Ireland as we support people who have fallen into homelessness or who are in danger of it. Theatre is such a powerful medium and Tall Tail, with its very human story about a dog tells a tale to which we can all relate, regardless of where and how we live”.
Tall Tail takes place on Friday 14th June (4pm), Saturday 15th June (2pm) and Sunday 16th June (2pm) at the Stack Theatre at theCIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork City.
Following its debut at Cork Midsummer festival, Tall Tail in conjunction with Graffiti Theatre Company will be shown to school audiences in Graffiti’s theatre space in Blackpool, Cork in November 2019.
Performances at the Cork Midsummer Festival:
Friday 14th June @ 4pm
Saturday 15th June @2pm,
Sunday 16th June @ 2pm
Venue: CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork CityDuration:50/60 mins – no interval
Tickets available here: http://corkmidsummer.com