A classic of modern Irish theatre, Catalpa is the story of the daring 1875 whale ship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia - all seen through the vibrant imagination of a screenwriter, the best movie never made!
Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at sea. A subversive epic, a celebration of the power of live theatre “lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny” (Irish Times).
Since its premiere 20 years ago, Catalpa has toured the world to high acclaim, including New York, Chicago, Paris, Helsinki and Harare.
Scotsman Fringe First Award Edinburgh
"A masterpiece...searingly satirical, comic, tragic, profoundly sensitive" - The Scotsman
"A soaring rip-roaring one-man adventure" - Washington Post
"Brilliant unraveling of the heroic epic...a masterpiece" - Irish Times
"An improbably beautiful show" - Variety USA
"Inspired creativity... should not be missed" - Sunday Independent
Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly. Live music by Trevor Knight.