Written by Shane Connaughton
A Moth Production in association with the GAA Social Initiative and Calor
The Pitch is a wonderful piece of writing and the Bellefield audience were completely captivated. The beguiling charm, wit and turn of phrase of the main character Philly played by the brilliant Seamus O`Rourke had them at times reeling in their seats.
Maria Nolan, Secretary of The Rapparees-Starlights GAA Club, Enniscorthy
The success of The Pitch exceeded all my expectations, it has been one of the real highlights of the last year and I am very pleased to be collaborating with Moth Productions on Victor’s Dung.
Sean Kilbride, project leader for The GAA Social Initiative
Philly lived and played for his team, the jersey, the parish, his friends − the very pitch his enemies are now trying to take from him to turn into a housing estate. Tormented by painful memories and the unjust fate that holds him prisoner, he replays the events of that day when his club won the county championship for the one and only time and he wasn’t allowed to play. For him, the old pitch is sacred ground, and it is here that he will make his last stand.
Shane Connaughton is an award-winning writer and actor who has appeared in many stage and screen productions, including Coronation Street, Mike Leigh’s Four Days in July and Neil Jordan’s The Miracle. His screenwriting credits include My Left Foot (nominated for an Academy Award) The Playboys and Dollar Bottom (which won an Academy Award for ‘Best Live Action Short’). Literary prizes for his fiction include the Hennessy Award and the George Devine Award.
Click here to watch a trailer for The Pitch
to see footage of The Pitch Gala Performance at The Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone
The cast with Maria Nolan at Bellefield Park