The Successful TD at the Gaiety Theatre
After the recent success of their staging of John B Keane’s The Matchmaker, the team behind that production return to the Gaiety with the world premiere of The Successful TD. Director Michael Scott and actors Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy have adapted two of Keane’s plays – The Letters of A Successful TD and An Irish Minister of State into a new production that displays Keane’s edge for humour and satire that ring as true to the politics of today as they did when they were first written almost fifty years ago.
The Successful TD follows the trials and tribulations of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to Ireland’s parliament, Dáil Éireann. In the midst of his hilarious antics and misadventures, Tull has roped in his faithful daughter to help him out, while his wife nurses her various ailments in bed. But trouble is on the horizon for Tull in the form of his archenemy Flannery, a local school teacher who is determined to scupper his rival’s plans for re-election.
Scott directed McEvoy and Kenny in The Matchmaker, which toured the country to great acclaim over the past two years. The trio have now put together this wonderful new show that is peppered with Keane’s usual gallery of madcap characters. Having spent so much time working together already, this adaptation is sure to be a hit that will enjoy the success of their previous collaboration.
Michael Scott is a respected director, producer and composer who has previously served as the Director of the Project Arts Centre, Program Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Director of the Tivoli Theatre. His productions have been seen all over the world, including England, Germany, the USA, Iceland, Wales, Scotland and France and he was nominated for the Outer Circle Critics Award (off Broadway) for his work on The Matchmaker.
For this production, Scott will once again be directing two of Ireland’s best loved actors. Mary McEvoy is well known to Irish audiences for her role as Biddy Byrne in the long running and fondly remembered soap Glenroe. She has also appeared extensively on the stage over the years and seems to have a particular flair for roles in plays written by John B Keane, having previously appeared in Sive, The Field and Big Maggie.
Jon Kenny has appeared on stages all over Ireland as one half of the madcap comedy duo D’Unbelievables. International audiences may recognise him as Fred Rickwood, the shambolic, scruffy television host who magically transforms into a consummate professional in front of the camera in the classic Fr Ted Episode, ‘A Song for Europe’. He has also appeared in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Angela’s Ashes, Les Miserables and The Van.
The work of one of Ireland’s best loved writers is in safe hands with this talented trio, whose gift for comedy is sure to shine through in this exciting new production. The world premiere of The Successful TD runs from 6 to 18 February, with matinee shows on 11 and 18 February. Tickets from €25 are on sale now.