Blue Thunder

Presented by Padraic Walsh

"My life is where you’re scared something is going to happen and then it does."

It’s 3am in small-town Ireland. The nightclub is closed and Brian's not taking any more fares until tomorrow. But, when his drunk sons show up demanding a lift home, it becomes clear that the night is only just getting started...

Take your seat in the back as Brian's two sons hijack his night. They're going to fix their lives. You're coming with them.

Padraic Walsh's powerfully immersive play, staged entirely within a minibus by award-winning director Cathal Cleary, gets up close and personal with one splintered family in small-town Ireland. Funny and excruciating by turns, Blue Thunder examines manhood and what happens when the people who should be there for you have nothing left to give.

ACCESSIBILITY: Unfortunately, the vehicle this show is staged in is not wheelchair accessible nor guide dog friendly. If you have any further accessibility questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the box office.

* Image is ‘How much for cash’ by Joshua Miels. Courtesy of the artist.

Theatre & Performance
Varies27 Feb — 17 Mar
Vehicle Venues
0hr 45m
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About the company

Padraic Walsh

Padraic Walsh is a playwright, screenwriter and fiction writer. He is 2017-2018 Writer on Attachment with the Oxford Playhouse and won the Walter Swan Trust Playwriting Award in 2015. In May 2017 Padraic’s play Foxes was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and was shortlisted for Best Original Audio Drama at the 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards.

Cathal Cleary is an award-winning theatre director. He has directed for the Abbey National Theatre of Ireland, Young Vic, Druid, Galway International Arts Festival, Print Room and Papatango amongst others. His productions have toured theatres across Ireland and the UK including Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep, the Tron Theatre (Glasgow), the Lyric Theatre (Belfast) and the Everyman (Cork).


Writer: Padraic Walsh
Director: Cathal Cleary
Producer: Jessie Anand

Brian: Gary Lilburn
Dara: Jamie Beamish
Ray: Niall McNamee

Press & Reviews

Praise for previous work:

The Spectator, "Intensely written, the dialogue fast-cutting, disclosing not through the words themselves but through what was lying behind them, dormant till now but suddenly aflame"

Financial Times, "A cracking little psychodrama"

The Independent, 4* - “Cathal Cleary directs with a terrific rhythmic feel"

The Reviews Hub, 4* - “This is an exquisite piece of theatre. Under the direction of Cathal Cleary Cogan’s portrayal is heart breaking and gut wrenching in equal measure.”

Time Out, 5* - "It hits the spot perfectly – it’s as gloriously funny, daft and deliberately shambolic as the Beasties themselves"