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Comic Owen O’Neill for the Strule

Comedian Owen O’Neill is coming to The Strule Arts Centre

Award-winning Tyrone comedian Owen O’Neill is bringing his unique brand of storytelling, mimicry and poetry back to the Strule Arts Centre next Saturday night, March 9, with his latest one-man play ‘Struck by Lightning.’

One of our finest comic storytellers, the Cookstown comedian, actor, playwright and poet has been widely acclaimed for his brilliant monologues such as ‘Off My Face’ and ‘My Son the Footballer.’

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Owen has performed all over the world. His speciality, outside of the comedy circuit, is the one man show, once described by Time Out as ‘Stand Up Theatre.’

He has won several awards for these shows including a Perrier nomination and two Fringe Firsts at The Edinburgh Festival.

His latest musings have been inspired by an incredible incident when he was age ten, and as the title suggests ‘struck by lightning’ while ‘progging’ a nun’s orchard.

His school uniform was burned to shreds and the apples down his wellingtons were stewed.

He glowed in the dark for two weeks, developed a stammer and a firm belief that he was indestructible.

Speaking to the Ulster Herald, Owen explained, “The show is a bag of different material and the core of it is recalling when I was struck by lightning.

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“There was a storm and when I got home my back was all red, the soles of my feet and palms were bright red and my back was all blistered and my hair burnt.

“It was my late father John, known as ‘Scutchie,’ who realised I had been hit by lightning as there was no electric cable in the orchard and it was during a storm.”

Much of Owen’s work draws from his life experiences with hilarious results.

In this performance, he brings his characters to life; his cleanliness obsessed mother, the angry, dissatisfied priest and his ‘benefactor’ Mrs Cunningham.

It is an evocative monologue that conjures up a myriad of images in the mind’s eye creating an absorbing tale that stays with you for sometime after.

He will also read from his wonderful poetry which touches a wide area from religion to drink, death and love.

‘Struck by Lightning’ will be performed at the Strule Arts Centre on Saturday, March 9 commencing at 8pm.

Tickets £15/ £13 concession. Tel: (028) 8224 7831 or e-mail: info@struleartscentre.co.uk

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