Galway Theatre Festival 2012: Blue Teapot world premiere Sanctuary

Blue Teapot Theatre Company is producing the world premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s contemporary new play, Sanctuary in the Galway Theatre Festival this October. Commissioned by Blue Teapot and directed by Petal Pilley, this poignant, funny and bittersweet play opens the window into the lives and relationships of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and the obstacles they must overcome to be together.  An ordinary trip to the cinema and a welcome break from their training centre provides an opportunity for Larry and Sophie to steal away and be together at last.  But now that they’re alone, what are they going to say and do? Director Petal Pilley says ‘My hope in commissioning this play was to present a living tragedy that demands discussion, awareness and a more enlightened response from our society towards the sexuality and relationships of adults with ID’. Playwright Christian O’Reilly is well known for The Good Father (Druid Theatre) and Is This About Sex? Winner of Best Theatre Script 2008 Irish Writers Guild Awards. In Sanctuary, Christian has created characters that struggle within constraints of dependant living, looking to find privacy and space to express sexual and romantic fulfillment. Each character individually tries to deal with this reality and the situation in their own life. Surrounded by the best of Galway’s local designers Blue Teapot’s production team includes Mary Doyle (set design), Savage Creative (set construction) Charmian Goodall (costume design) Morgan Cooke (sound design) and Jim Faulkner (lighting design). Sanctuary takes place on October 4th 11am and 7pm and October 5th 7pm at Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue in the Galway Theatre Festival. In addition, performances take place; Oct 9th 11am; Oct 10th 11am; Oct 11th 11am & 7pm Oct 12th 7pm and Oct 13th 7pm. This production is not suitable for children as it explores the subject of intimate relationships and sexuality.

Booking information for Galway Theatre Festival contact: Town Hall Theatre, 091-569-777 or online Booking information for October 9th – 13th, call Blue Teapot Theatre Company 091-520-977. For further information on Blue Teapot go to For interviews or further information contact Kathy Murphy at, 091-520-977 or 087-137-3014


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