Foley
By Michael West. A one man show performed by Andrew Bennett.
Directed by Annie Ryan


Winner Best New Play / Best Actor 2000 The Sunday Tribune



FOLEY is a hilarious, moving exploration of what it is that your family passes onto you.

It's taken Foley his whole life to realise that your inheritance is not the things that come down to you, it's the things you can't get rid of.

Foley is the last of his family, among the last Protestants in the Republic of Ireland, 'the end point of all that evolution and fruit cake.' He attempts to recall his life for us, to set it straight.

Director: Annie Ryan
Music: Vincent Doherty
Lighting: Eamon Fox

"Quite outstanding…exquisitely written." ***** The Guardian

“West’s gorgeous drama is a penetrating character study of a man trying to escape his past. Spare but elegant production...very funny indeed.” Variety

“Fresh, unforgettable one-man drama…a haunting performance in a haunting play.” New York Post

“Vivid writing and confident delivery…compellingly rendered.” The New York Times

"Beautifully written as a long, dark night of the soul, vivid language, daubs of humor and sheer poetry." The Times

“West’s play is a splendidly crafted act of self-consciousness…an exquisite piece of writing.” Washington Post

“One of the best and most original pieces of new Irish dramatic writing to emerge in several years.” Sunday Tribune

Unfringed Festival 2000, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
Dublin Fringe Festival 2000, Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar
Irish National Tour Feb/March 2001
Edinburgh Fringe 2001, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Aug 2001
Hamstead Theatre, London Nov 15 - Dec 1, 2001
US Tour (Chicago, New York, Virginia, Philadelphia) 2003

Photo by Paul McCarthy