Joe Prop’s rugby dreams

Fair City’s Maclean Burke in Joe Prop.

Fair City’s Maclean Burke in Joe Prop.

FORGET THE Six Nations or the Rugby World Cup, the biggest rugby event of 2015 is coming to Moycullen, in Joe Prop, a play about a schoolboy whose life revolves around the sport.

Written by Gemma Doorly, and starring Fair City’s Maclean Burke, Joe Prop is about 12-year-old Joe Kavanagh. Medication for a childhood illness has left him overweight and a target for bullies, but he finds solace being a prop on the school rugby team. He also has big dreams. When alone in his room he imagines becoming the greatest Tight Head Prop in rugby history and captain of a World Cup winning Irish team. The play features voice-over cameos from a host of rugby personalities including Ryle Nugent, George Hook, and Brent Pope.

“Joe Prop is the ultimate underdog story about a little boy’s determination to beat the odds,” says Gemma Doorly. “I was inspired to write the play by the experience of a friend of mine who was bullied as a child but found solace in rugby. This is definitely a show for the kid in everybody – young and old.”

Maclean Burke said: “The comedy, the tragedy, and uplifting power that is Joe’s ability to overcome any obstacle is heart-warming and draws you in and never lets go. I’m a big kid at heart and who doesn’t want to captain Ireland to a rugby World Cup?”

Joe Prop will be upstairs in The Forge, Moycullen, on Saturday March 7. Tickets are €15 through 091 - 868944. Ten per cent of all ticket sales will be donated to Barnardos to help fund its work with vulnerable children and families.


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