Goose Chase Theatre bring The Man of Destiny to Limerick
Goose Chase Theatre’s production of The Man of Destiny comes to No.1 Pery Square this July 20 and 21, with The Honey Fitz Theatre show on July 29
Goose Chase Theatre, a Limerick-based theatre group, will stage a production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Man of Destiny this coming Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21 in No. 1 Pery Square, and next Saturday, July 29 in The Honey Fitz Theatre, Grange, Co. Limerick.
The Man of Destiny is a historical comedy about a young Napoleon Bonaparte, who finds himself in a battle of wits with a mysterious lady, an idiotic lieutenant, a grovelling innkeeper, and his own ego, as he attempts to recover his stolen despatches. It is a one-act play, one of Shaw’s shorter works, and has been described as a “serious farce”, full of Shaw’s usual wit, charm and biting social commentary from the period, and promises heaps of laughs.
The play is directed by Luke Frawley, fresh from producing a sell-out performance of the Weird Gravy Showcase in the Belltable Theatre at the end of last year. Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies graduate Erin Fitzgerald stage manages, having recently stage-managed Ann Blake’s The Morning After the Life Before in Dolans. MIC lecturer and Shaw scholar Dr David Clare serves as dramaturge for the production.
The cast features Pádraig Lohan as the titular “Man of Destiny”, Napoleon; Tara Monaghan as “The Lady”; James Corr as the Lieutenant; and Ronan Deegan as the innkeeper, Giuseppe.
According to Pádraig, “It’s a wonderful script, and it’s great to be able to revive a classic from a beloved Irish playwright like Shaw. It’s also nice to be performing the show in the period setting of No. 1 Pery Square as well as the more traditional theatre space of the Honey Fitz; I think that will make for two very different shows, which is exciting.”
Goose Chase Theatre are a recently established theatre group based in Limerick City, specialising in short form comedy. Over the past two years, they have produced Stage Frights 2021 and 2022, a series of original sketch comedy shows written, produced and performed by emerging Limerick theatre-makers in the Record Room of the Commercial Bar on Catherine Street. The Man of Destiny is Goose Chase’s first foray into longer-form theatre, and they are looking forward to bringing Shaw’s masterful writing to No. 1 Pery Square and the Honey Fitz for your entertainment over the coming fortnight.