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On Blueberry Hill

By: Sebastian Barry
Narrated by: Niall Buggy,David Ganly
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Summary

On Blueberry Hill is the latest Audible Original theatrical event, from international best-selling novelist and acclaimed writer, Sebastian Barry. 

Best friends and worst enemies, Christy and PJ are destined to spend their lives together over the next 20 years in prison. Reflecting on the events and experiences that led them to the present day, this slow-burning tale explores hope, acceptance and forbidden love. Directed by Jim Culleton with music by Denis Clohessy, On Blueberry Hill is a powerful exploration of freedom, friendship and forgiveness. With outstanding performances from Irish Times Theatre Award and Olivier Award winner, Niall Buggy (Christy) and West End and Broadway star David Ganly (PJ).  

The stage performance of On Blueberry Hill was presented by Trafalgar Theatre Productions, in association with Hill Street Productions and Incidental Colman. It was Fishamble: The New Play Company’s production, performed at Trafalgar Studios in London, United Kingdom in 2020, and produced by Daniel Brodie, Matt Parritt, and Eva Scanlan. The play was originally produced by Fishamble at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 and on international tour, including a run at New York’s 59E59 Theaters as part of First Irish, supported by the Arts Council and Culture Ireland. Photo by ‘Muse Creative Communications’. 

©2020 Sebastian Barry (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

About the Performer

Niall Buggy is one of the leading Irish actors of his generation who has worked extensively on the stage and screen in Ireland, the UK and the US. Most recent theatre includes: Beckett Trilogy (Jermyn St Theatre), Furniture by Sonya Kelly (Druid Theatre), You Never Can Tell (The Abbey Theatre), St. Joan (Donmar Theatre, London), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre), Translations (Sheffield Crucible), The Hanging Gardens (Abbey Theatre) and A Whistle in the Dark with the Druid/Murphy season, The Invisible (Bush Theatre), Plough and the Stars (Lyric, London and The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Translations (Broadway), Penelope (St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn), and Haunted by Edna O Brien. Some of his better known roles include: the title role in Brian Friel’s Uncle Vanya, for which he won Best Actor at The Irish Times Theatre Awards and for his role as Casimir in Aristocrats for which he won the Time Out Award, Obie Award in New York, Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award. He also received the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance in Dead Funny. His performance in Juno and the Paycock won him Best Actor in the TMA Awards.

About the Performer

A native of Dublin, David trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. Theatre credits include: Frank Burke in Conor Mc Pherson’s Girl from the North Country (Gielgud Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto & Noel Coward Theatre), PJ in On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival, Paris and New York), Willy in Aristocrats (Donmar Warehouse), Bank Manager in Once (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), Valene in Lonesome West (The Tron Theatre, Glasgow), Fluther in The Plough & The Stars (Abbey Theatre, Dublin and US and Irish Tour), Vanya in Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Seumus Sheils in Shadow of a Gunman (Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Burbage in Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre), Macheath in The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Kent in King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Lumpy Flanagan in Drum Belly (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Munt in Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Macbeth (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Lenny in Of Mice and Men (Young Vic), Amos in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre, London), Originated Fr Welsh in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre, The Royal Court, Sydney Festival and the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway), Brendan in The Weir (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Telegin in Peter Hall’s Uncle Vanya (Rose Theatre) Ted in Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders (Abbey Theatre, Dublin / Tricycle heatre), Mick Flanagan in The Field (Tricycle Theatre), Manus in Brian Friel’s Translations (National Theatre), Horatio in Rupert Goold’s Hamlet (Theatre Royal Northampton), Roulston in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Abbey Theatre Dublin), Americans and The Quare Fellow (Oxford Stage Company Tour and Tricycle Theatre), John Bull’s Other Island (Tricycle Theatre), Brendan in The Weir and Estregon in Waiting for Godot (Rupert Goold, Theatre Royal, Northampton), Dave in The Full Monty (The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London), The Contractor (Oxford Stage Company), Stephen Pimlott’s Doctor Dolittle, The Talented Mr Ripley (Watford), Amphibians (YMCA, Wexford), Dancing at Lughnasa (Rupert Goold, Salisbury Playhouse).

Critic reviews

“Steeped in a luminous wonder that makes you want to weep for what you take for granted in your daily existence.” (The New York Times)

“Full of warm wit and language you want to luxuriate in, it features two brilliant performances.” (The Standard)

“Ganly and Buggy movingly investigate the events that brought their characters together, their respective monologues beautifully shaped, mesmerizing, and mysterious.” (The New Yorker)

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Typical, delightful Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry has a talent for narrating the redemption of the human soul, Quite unlike anyone i have read to date. The takeaways are a feeling of lightness, that everything will be ok and if you stray to far, there is always a way back if you are willing to seek it out. Bravo, just like the time before and, the time before that…

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Excellent

Such a lovely production of a very nice Sebastian Barry play. I have now started reading his novels!

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Absolutely brilliant!

I accidentally downloaded this so had a tentative listen. Unexpected storyline, both tragic and comical at times. Like all good stories, it had me laughing out loud at the start (walking in public-still couldn’t help laughing like a loon), close to tears at the end, and shook with horror at times. GREAT performances. Thoroughly recommended.

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Outstanding audio theatre

A beautifully crafted story full of sharp dark comedy and through its excellent dialogue and acting, it is a journey into the harrowing and yet the sublime existence of two lives formed by the agonising regret of their past lives. Amazing and moving, hilarious and powerfully poignant. A gem of audio theatre.

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A Brilliant Piece

Loved it. Great Performances by the actors. Unique story. Amusing and heart wrenching throughout.

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Brutally Lyrical

A classic tale of life happening to you while you were busy making other plans. Aside from the unbelievable pairing of the two protagonists sharing a cell together it is an entertaining invitation to consider the nature of life, love, loss and the unfathomable forces that drive us.

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excellent

Really great story, and sensitive, natural performances. Slight editing error where two takes of the same passage have been included.

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amazing

Amazing combination of a story and a performance.. I like the combination of humour & tragedy.

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Wonderful audio book

2 brilliant portrayals of the human condition and the power of the human spirit to heal itself.

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Really interesting perspectives and storyline

Dark, gripping, intriguing story. Characters both fabulously portrayed and intertwined. Very funny and surprising in parts. Great performances by both actors. I only found this as I enjoyed “when all is said” (also narrated by Niall buggy) so much. A great play!

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