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November 04, 2010

Kila Play in a Rollicking Spanish Armada Story at Riverbank


Theatre featuring LIVE music with Kila, By Donal O’Kelly

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Friday 19th November, 8pm, Tickets €18/ €16

Featuring live music by Kíla, The Adventures of the Wet Senor is the story of a Spanish Armada Captain, Francisco de Cuellar, who was shipwrecked on the west coast of Ireland in 1588. He spent the following three months attempting to get off Ireland, having strange and wonderful adventures and encountering strange and wonderful characters along the way. The stage adaptation, written and directed by Donal O'Kelly (Benbo Productions), is based on De Cuellar's letter to the Spanish court following his eventual arrival to the Spanish Flanders.

Spanish captain Francisco De Cuellar, washed ashore on Streedagh Beach in Sligo in 1588, faced a desperate struggle for survival. His odyssey from Ben Bulben to the Giant’s Causeway is Ireland’s great untold epic adventure story. His Irish baptism of fire propels Francisco from soldier of fortune to “gypsy among savages”, and gives this born survivor a glimpse of something more precious than Conquistadors’ gold. Combining the live musical passion of Kíla, the powerful storytelling skills of Donal O’Kelly (Catalpa, The Cambria) and high octane performances from Carrie Crowley, Jaimie Carswell and Sorcha Fox, this show breaks exciting new ground in music-theatre.

A unique score has been composed for the show by Kíla and is performed live on stage by the four Kíla members. This is a truly unique Irish production starring Jaimie Carswell, Sorcha Fox, Carrie Crowley, and members of Kíla.

Also, a special pre-show screening of What Am I Doing Here, a documentary about Donal O’Kelly will be screened at 6pm on the night of the show. Donal O’Kelly’s solo plays Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son and Catalpa are considered some of the most original works to come out of Ireland in the last 25 years. His political activism and the intensity of his performance are legendary and this documentary explores the mind behind his work. Access to this screening is free but places are strictly limited. Contact Riverbank Arts Centre for details.

The Adventures of the Wet Senor- Electrifying music, stunning visuals, superb physical performances and a rollicking story – the perfect night out.

For booking and further details contact Riverbank Arts Centre on 045 448327 or visit