A Catholic fairy escapes from 1980’s Cork to Belfast, that well known utopia of Gay Liberation.
A 1920’s Protestant with a Cork accent flees the Irish Free State for the freshly bordered North.
What buried stories bring two dislocated fairies together in life and in death? Hiding out in “Bandit Country”, who is actually the bandit?
Excavating his own fascinating stories that shine a light on the troubled relationship between The Fairies and The State, master storyteller Richard O’Leary brings us Border Fairies, a poignant and powerful one-man stage show that weaves his trademark storytelling theatre with hidden Irish histories.
Using surviving love letters, personal photos, unofficial papers and fascinating ephemera, this intimate, revealing and funny show reminds us that The Official Version never gives the whole story and that questions are often more interesting than answers.
Produced by Outburst Arts and originally commissioned in 2021 through the Shared History Fund exploring the impacts of the partition of Ireland , Richard O’Leary’s Border Fairies is an insightful and smart hybrid stage performance that effortlessly brings the traditional art of the storytelling “seanchaí” bang up to date in the most delightful and accessible way around our often-erased LGBTQ+ histories.
Border Fairies on tour is supported by An Roinn Gnóthaí / Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund