The hilarious hit comedy ‘A Holy Show’, presented by Verdant Productions, is going on tour across Ireland in January, February and March 2020, as well as performing two dates in the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris following on from the critical success of the Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin Fringe.

Written & Directed by Janet Moran, the cast stars Roseanna Purcell (Copper Face Jacks: The Musical, Red Rock, Fair City) and Mark Fitzgerald (Copper Face Jacks: The Musical, Alone It Stands, Foxy).

A nostalgic comedy based on a very Irish hijacking of the 1981 Aer Lingus plane by an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima.

‘A Holy Show’ takes us back to 1981 and brings us on board the ill-fated Aer Lingus flight EI 164 from Dublin to London. The show follows the passengers and crew as this most Irish of hijackings unfolds.

Speaking of the show, Writer and Director Janet Moran said:

‘I’m so thrilled to be bringing ‘A Holy Show’ on tour throughout Ireland with the brilliant Verdant Productions. The show has played to standing ovations in Edinburgh Fringe and I hope audiences will laugh their heads off, fall in love with the superb actors and maybe ask themselves what should we really believe in now?”

Step on the plane with us and experience this most Irish of hijackings. There’ll be music, nostalgia, heroism, praying, visions, romance (maybe) sex (maybe) a special appearance by Our Lady (definitely). There’ll even be a miracle. I swear.

This wonderful production is high energy and takes audiences on a whirlwind of a comic journey with both actors playing multiple characters at breakneck speed. The sharp, insightful script delivers a laugh a minute alongside a revealing and probing understanding of faith in Ireland, both in the 80s and today.

From 23 January 2020 ‘A Holy Show’ is going on a full nationwide tour, with dates announced for Galway, Limerick, Laois, Wicklow, Cavan, Carlow, Cork, Longford, Clare, Belfast and Tipperary as well as a host of Dublin dates and two dates in Paris. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment, with tickets on sale now.

Supported by The Arts Council.

 Nationwide Tour Dates:

23 – 25 January: Project Arts Centre, Dublin

 29 January: Town Hall Theatre, Galway

31 January -1 February: Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick

4 February: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

5 February: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

7 Feb: Ramor Theatre, Cavan

8 February: Visual, Carlow

11-12 February: Civic Theatre, Tallaght

14-15 February: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

17 – 20 February: Everyman Cork

21 February: Backstage, Longford

22 February: Draiocht, Blanchardstown

25 February: Glor, Ennis

27 – 29 February: The MAC, Belfast

4-5 March: Irish Cultural Centre, Paris

7 March: Source, Thurles

Tickets on sale now. See local venues for booking details


✭✭✭✭ The List ‘Gloriously comic and unexpectedly thoughtful …it carries you off to places you didn’t think it would go.’

✭✭✭✭ Edinburgh Reporter ‘This is a very funny script that really really entertained the audience who lapped up this original piece of work.’

✭✭✭✭ ‘Full of energy and insight, this is a delightful and entertaining show which is remarkable in being Moran’s solo writing and directing debut.’

✭✭✭✭ The Upcoming ‘Janet Moran’s production deserves nothing less than admiration… injecting her own brand of heart and humour, she puts a truly imaginative spin on this nostalgic real-life adaptation. The characters are well-written… which showcase a remarkable versatility…. they tease out both laughter and genuinely moving moments from the script’

 ✭✭✭✭ The Arts Review ‘Airplane meets Hall’s Pictorial Weekly …will have you cracking a rib with laughter…. Only in Ireland could you get a hijacking this ridiculous. Or this hilarious. Or this much fun.’

No More Workhorse ‘The audience last night was completely enchanted by the play …Not to be missed.’

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