Take the idea of the fairy story of the Princess and the Pea and move it to the eighth floor of a run-down block of flats in urban Dublin. Change the princess to an eight year old boy and make it all 21st century and you’ve got a new drama touring the emerald isle called Far Away From Me. It runs from mid Feb to mid March and we think it should go north then cross to Scotland, and via Wales to England. It sounds an interesting play.

The publicity blurb reads: “World premiere of a brand new theatre show by Amy Conroy, inspired by weird story of The Princess and the Pea and infused with the wild energy of aerial performance, dance music and great storytelling. Kevin is a little prince…at least that’s what his mum tells him. Kevin likes the idea of this, of being a prince on a horse, a beautiful brown horse with a white splotch down his nose, and galloping across the kingdom.
His kingdom. From his bedroom behind the eighth door, on the eighth floor of a tall building (one of eight in a row), Kevin can go. And he wants to go. Far away from here. So his towering imagination takes him on some high-flying adventures. But there’s a storm coming and he needs to decide what’s real and what’s not real as his fast paced fantasies land with a spectacular bump right there on his bed.”
Far Away From Me: 12 Feb – 15 Mar 2015 at the Ark in Dublin. As well as dates at The Ark, Far Away From Me will be touring to six venues across Ireland in April, all supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.
The show can be seen at: Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown; Riverbank Arts Cebtre, Newbridge; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar; Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise; Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire; Town Hall Theatre, Galway. TICKETS Public: €12/€9. Family Ticket €40 for 4.
20% off for Family Members. Schools: €5 per student; Public Performances Every Sat & Sun from 14 February to 15 March @ 2pm & 4pm Mid-term Tue 17 – Fri 20 Feb @ 2pm & 4pm; School Performances Thu 12 Feb @12.15pm Fri 13 Feb @ 10.15am & 12.15pm Tue 24-Fri 27 Feb, Tue 3-Fri 6 Mar & Tue 10-Fri 13 Mar @10.15am & 12.15pm; AGE RANGE & DURATION For Ages 6+ Approx 50mins; ARTISTS Written & Directed by Amy Conroy.
Details of the show: http://ark.ie/events/view/far-away-from-me The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 DDL: +353 1 899 4099

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