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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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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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a look into reality

life is reality you think with the heart end run with the brain. consequences become yr life. through the contrasting voices of the narrators perfect for their part, this short book lives. a

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  • 25-11-20

enjoyable listening

enjoyable listen. easy to follow while cooking or during household activities. I recommend taking the time to listen to list book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-11-20

Crime and Punishment set in Ireland

A story of love, hatred, betrayal, revenge, forgiveness and redemption. A deep look into Man’s heart in all its horror and glory.

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  • DMcP
  • 28-11-20

Multi-layered emotional listening.

The Irish brogue was difficult at 1st, but then the story of love, hatred, homophobia , revenge, and acceptance is staggering

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  • kennedy
  • 29-11-20

Very good!

Wasn't too sure what I was getting into with this story but I'm so glad I listened! Very different story, excellent narration..... would love to see the play!
Give it a go... you'll enjoy!

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  • Ericka Parra
  • 30-11-20

Sad, twisted, but a Great story!

I must confess that I had a bit of trouble understanding the narrator's accent (Irish) at the beginning, but once I got use to it, was easy. It is a sad and bizarre story, quite plausible, I didn't know what was about so I had no expectancies to begin with, it turned out to be surprisingly intriguing, with such twists, definitely surprised me. I loved it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-11-20

what are you joy

delightful, shocking in a way that turns to laughter, ,as, I suppose, only the Irish can do it. I want a pint,. I want to share this with my friend s.

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  • AR KRUEGER
  • 24-12-20

Tears with laughter

Somehow Barry manages to entice the deepest emotions - this astonishing paradoxical combination of the worst and murderous in us, alongside the kindest.

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  • Heather Swope
  • 02-12-20

Wow.

One of the best short stories ever. Amazingly performed. Thank you for this heartfelt experience!

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  • Mark
  • 04-02-21

Magic and transcendence

Irish storytelling bringing to life the agonizing paradoxes of life and love. The performances are 1st rate.

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  • Greg
  • 23-01-21

Powerful

Beautiful Irish tragedy! A moving and thought-provoking piece of theatre. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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