LITTLE GEM

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A Guna Nua and Civic Theatre Production in association with the Bush Theatre

Three generations of Dublin women. One extraordinary year. A journey of courage, comedy and romance in the award-winning hit of the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Happy-go-lucky Amber, fresh out of school, is high on life, double sambucas and boyfriend Paul. That is until the 'indigestion' starts.

Her mother Lorraine attacks a customer at work and now she's seeing a 'head doctor'. She's told to do one nice thing for herself each week. Time to sign up for salsa classes.

Nanny Kay, meanwhile, is finding life on the wrong side of sixty frustrating. Ailing husband Gem doesn't like the neighbours coming in to 'mind' him, and she's missing more than just his conversation.

And if all that wasn't bad enough, Little Gem makes his presence felt and life is never the same again.

Little Gem is Elaine Murphy's debut play. Premiering at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008, it picked up the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Stewart Parker/BBC Drama Award. In 2009, the play transferred to the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

Post-show events

Writers' Response – Monday 17th May

In response to Little Gem, our resident company DryWrite Presents:

Sit down Mum, I have something to tell you…

What does it take for an audience, as a family, to choose one thing they can't forgive of one of their own?

For the last week we have been asking Bush audiences if they could imagine a family member doing something they would find unforgivable. Playwrights Steven Hevey, Tim Cowbury and Melissa Manteghi have each choosen one offense and will confess it to you, their family. All three will beg your forgiveness, but only two may be absolved…

Join us for an eye-opening performance about morality, family and forgiveness.

Free to all Little Gem ticket holders. Subject to availability

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Cast

Amelia Crowley

Amelia Crowley

Amelia is a graduate of Theatre Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

Theatre credits:
And They Used to Star in Movies (Bewleys Cafe Theatre), The Plough and the Stars (Abbey/Barbican), Lucky Sods, Native City (Tivoli), Run for your Wife (National Tour), The Night Garden (Northcott Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Guna Nua), Car Show (Corn Exchange), Boomtown (Rough Magic), Twenty Grand, The Melon Farmer (Peacock), Sharon's Grave (Gate Theatre), The Broken Jug (Abbey).

Screen credits:
This Is Nightlive, Fair City, Stardust, The Clinic, The Cassidys, Paths to Freedom, Upwardly Mobile, Couched, Racing Homer, Finbar's Class (RTE), Val Falvey (Grand Pictures), The Wake Wood (Fantastic Films), What If (Bootstrap Films), Ella Enchanted (Miramax), The Halo Effect (Fastnet Films), Fergus' Wedding (Grand Pictures), Custer's Last Stand Up, I Went Down, Ballykissangel (BBC), When Brendan Met Trudy (Collins Avenue).

Radio credits:
Lennon's Guitar, Carry Me Home, The Plough and the Stars (RTE), Driftwood (The Write Stuff Productions)

Amelia writes and performs stand-up comedy.

Sarah Greene

Sarah is a graduate of the full-time professional acting course at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin.

Theatre credits include The Empress of India, The Year of the Hiker, The Playboy of the Western World (Druid Theatre). Sarah also appeared to much acclaim as Cactus in Gina Moxley's play Danti Dan (Galloglass Theatre Company) and
more recently in The Death of Harry Leon (Ouroboros Theatre Company).

Screen credits include: RAW (Season Two, Octagon/RTE); Bachelor's Walk Christmas Special, Den Tots, Bandstand, Speed Dating (RTE). Sarah appeared as Imelda in Eden, the feature film based on Eugene O'Brien's award-winning play of the same name (Samson/RTE). She is currently appearing as Cathleen in the Canadian-Irish feature film Love and Savagery (Morag Loves Company, Subotica and Park Ex Pictures) in festivals across North America. Sarah most recently completed filming on the new feature film The Guard, written and directed by John McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle and due for release in 2010.

Anita Reeves

Other UK appearances include: 'Little Buttercup' in HMS Pinafore, Manchester Opera House and Old Vic. 'Ginnie Gogan' in The Plough and the Stars, Garrick Theatre. 'Kate' in The Cripple of Inishmaan, National Theatre. 'Onoria' in Naked, Almeida and Playhouse Theatres. 'Juno' in Juno and the Paycock, Wyndhams and Albery Theatres. 'Mother' in The Shaughraun, Noel Coward Theatre. Anita created the role of 'Maggie' in Dancing at Lughnasa, National and Phoenix Theatres (Olivier nomination for Best Actress) and 'Kay' in Little Gem, Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Best Actress nomination).

In Dublin appearances include: The Rivals, She Stoops to Conquer, The Shaughraun, Da, A life, Dancing at Lughnasa, Juno and the Paycock, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Pirates of Penzance, Shirley Valentine, Romeo and Juliet, Sweeney Todd.

Films include: Angel, Into The West, Ballroom of Romance, The Miracle, Talk of Angels, Fools of Fortune, Scarlett, Butcher Boy, The American, Adam and Paul and Alarm.

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30 Nov
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30 Nov
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30 Nov
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27 Nov
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27 Nov
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25 Nov

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