Little Thing, Big Thing

Donal O’Kelly
Fishamble
Assembly George Square Studios
to

Donal O’Kelly has written and stars in one of the strongest plays on the Fringe this year.

His comic story, pairing a petty gangster with a missionary nun, grips throughout its 80-minute duration, even providing an ending that is bravely unorthodox.

O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox play all of the parts, using their vocal and acting skills to distinguish between a wide selection of generally insalubrious characters.

The plot is almost irrelevant but sees Sister Martha returning from Nigeria to Dublin with a roll of incriminating film that streams of bad guys try to scare her into giving up.

Her only assistance comes from Larry, a dodgy partner who is on parole after serving ten years in prison, largely as a result of a drug habit.

While the action is so limited that Little Thing, Big Thing might make a perfect radio play, the good natured humour, almost perfect construction and expert direction from Jim Culleton for Fishamble make this an unmissable thriller with eco credentials and many laughs.

Reviewer: Philip Fisher