The Five Lamps Arts Festival and Co-Motion Media present the new stage work by Roddy Doyle, first presented at the Five Lamps Arts Festival in April 2023. The show is an adaptation from the Life Without Children collection by Roddy Doyle published in 2021.
Adapted and Directed by Joe O’Byrne, and starring Eoin O’Sullivan, the story takes place after the beginning of the Covid lockdown, following a man who makes the irrational decision to come to Dublin to look for his son, who he has not seen in four years. His search takes him on an odyssey through inner city Dublin, and small acts of kindness light up his search as he hopes to find his son in the deserted city.
The story is a gentle hymn to the inner city, and as in all of Roddy Doyle’s writing about Dublin, his stories explore the humour and emotions of people on the edge, but despite this The Five Lamps becomes a truly life-affirming story.