John Connors is one of the leading Irish actors of his generation, receiving acclaim for his roles in Love/Hate and Cardboard Gangsters. He won the IFTA for best actor in 2017 and his acceptance speech went viral “seven and a half years ago I was sitting in my house […] contemplating suicide. Creativity […] saved my life. It really did. Creativity can definitely be the mode to heal people.”

Ireland’s Call’ now distinguishes him as an upcoming writer. The story follows the lives of three youths as they grow up in Coolock. What shapes them and entices them to a life of crime? Examining issues of mental health, suicide, class, religion and identity, this play is an unflinching exploration of the Irish psyche, bringing our collective guilt, secrets and flaws to the surface.

A post-show discussion gives the audience a chance to process and respond to the topics raised.


(Ireland’s Call was developed as part of Show In a Bag, (in association with Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble and Irish Theatre Institute).

Presented by First Fortnight in partnership with Comhcheol Arts & Wellness, Connecting for Life Donegal and The Balor Arts Centre


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