17 - 29 August 2012
Neil Watkins has wanked more than is healthy, allegedly. One of Ireland’s most exciting artists and incendiary performers, Neil is a force of nature, a maverick, a 33-year old homosexual with a Jesus complex. On orders from heaven, this is Neil’s journey through the wilderness of queerness; from Catholic Ireland to the cruising bars of the world, from suburban ‘Head Shops’ to native American ceremonies.
Named as Queer Notions 2010 Festival Highlight by The Irish Times, and with a recent sold-out, critically acclaimed outing in the Dublin Fringe Festival, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL WANKING is a brave and heartbreaking exploration of porn addiction, destructive sexual behaviour, Catholic guilt and family heartbreak. Written in hypnotic verse, it is both a profound personal journey and a furious state of the nation address.
“Truthful, heartfelt and immediately identifiable... astonishingly brave.”
THE IRISH TIMES
"THISISPOPBABY are redefining theatre for people left cold by traditional drama."
"Both caustic and considered, a seething personal autobiography which is transformed into a more capacious metaphor for disaffection and regeneration."
IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE
"[THISISPOPBABY are] not so much cutting edge, as creators of a whole new edge in itself."
THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE
"Sometimes performances come along that break new ground and push into unchartered territory... this play needed to be staged."
Concession & Groups 8+ $20
55 minutes no interval
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