A pioneer in the early stand-up comedy clubs and experimental theatre, Oscar McLennan keeps his audiences brilliantly off-balance as he ranges from funny to sad, angry to disturbing and everything else in between. An outcast, offbeat figure weaves his unsteady way through early 1980s London where the drums of war are beating, flag waving patriots are waxing their cars and it is not advisable to be swimming against the tide. Based on his book of the same name, Kiss of the Chicken King brings together four deeply original Irish voices in a genre-crossing collaboration of music, poetry and theatre.
Featuring acclaimed musician, Martin Tourish, as well as new visual projections by Kevin McAleer with Olwen Fouéré.
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Born in Glasgow in 1955, Oscar McClennan has been based in Dublin since 1988. He is best known as a writer and performer of multi-media theatrical monologues, and has also published two novels, El Bastardo Tranquilo (Pepitas de Calabaza 2005) and Kiss of the Chicken King (Livewire Press, 2011), along with numerous short stories. He has also worked as curator/artistic director on various multi-media live events, such as GET UP (shortlisted for Fringe First, Dublin Fringe 2002), and BACK UP (winner of best female performer, Dublin Fringe 2003). He is also a singer, musician and songwriter, having played alongside Anna Manahan in her show Seven Stages of Anna.
For more information on Oscar McClennan, visit his website by clicking here.
Written by Oscar McLennan
Lighting by Noelia Ruiz/ Michelle Barry
Composed by Oscar McLennan/Martin Tourish
Music by Martin Tourish & Oscar McLennan
Creative Consultant and ‘Ghost in the Mirror’: Olwen Fouéré
AV Projections by Kevin McAleer & Oscar McLennan
Costume, Photos and Backing Vocals by Erica Peroni
Production Co-ordinator and Visual Design by Noelia Ruiz
‘The wild and gentle Glaswegian with the thin lips and gleaming basilisk eye’. THE OBSERVER
‘Once from Glasgow, now citizen of the subconscious’. THE SUNDAY TIMES.
‘McLennan’s imaginativa domain lies somewhere between comedy and nightmare.’ TIME OUT
‘A psychiatrist, let loose in Oscar’s brain, would emerge with enough material to fill The Lancet for a year.’ THE GUARDIAN
Contains the use of strobe lighting and strong language.