Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Mairtin De Cogain in 'De Bogman', Aug 26

Tickets $15, 8pm

Cow in the field - from 'De Bogman'
Cow in the field - from 'De Bogman'

"De Bogman"
First performed to sell-out audiences in Cork, Ireland, and direct from a very well received off-Broadway run, De Bogman is a comedy that re-invents the tradition of Irish storytelling for the contemporary stage. Directed by Brian Desmond, the show is written and performed by Máirtín de Cógáin, who narrates the tale as well as playing over twenty characters, and Brian Desmond, who only plays four. Loosely based on the story of Gentleman Jim Corbett, De Bogman draws from a range of sources close to the hearts of the authors: Celtic mythology, traditional Irish storytelling, European physical theatres, dodgy boxing movies and rags-to-riches fables of all cultures. Regularly revived in Ireland throughout the last decade, De Bogman has proved a hugely popular success in festivals and venues throughout the western world.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Excellent...considerable acting, writing and directing talents" - The Irish Examiner

"A long and loud raspberry at everything decent Ireland stands for" - The Irish Sunday Independent

"A mesmerizing display of surrealist humor and classic Irish storytelling" - The Irish Evening Echo

"The freshest and most original take on Irish theater yet" - The Cork Examiner

- Máirtín de Cógáin -
Máirtín is an internationally celebrated actor, singer and storyteller. Born in Carrigaline, County Cork, Ireland. His film credits include Palme d'Or winner, The Wind that Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach and the award winning short film, Gangs of Waterfall by Ronan Phelan. His theatre acting credits include Bruen's Twist, My Best Friend's Mother, Ladies Day, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Boyfriend. He won the CCE All-Ireland Storytelling title twice. Sing, plays and dances with an Irish Folk band or two around the world, while he has recently become a resident of the USA calling Minnesota his new home. Check out www.MairtinMusic.com

- Brian Desmond -
Brian has directed over thirty plays, mainly premiéres of new writing, as well as writing (sometimes co-writing) eight plays, and also working as an actor, storyteller and clown. His plays have toured extensively in Ireland and abroad, and this is his first time showing work in the US. On a break from his career as a theatre director for the last couple of years, he is currently completing his PhD (on the relationship between storytelling and theatre) in Liverpool.