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Helen O'Brien - Bronagh's Big Weekend

"This is a really charming and at times poignant one woman show." Fringe Report

"Clear, pure storytelling... I enjoyed every moment." Snipe

HELEN O’BRIEN’s debut solo one-woman show Bronagh’s Big Weekend draws on her experiences of growing up in Oldham in an Irish family. It tells the story of one big weekend in a teenage girl’s life. It’s a comedy about a mad weekend in a mad family; from The Irish Dancing National Championships to being a bridesmaid at a family wedding and her 13th birthday. Think Four Weddings and a Funeral with Irish dancing and restraining orders. The show kicks off at The Lowry, Salford on 20th April 2012.

BBC Comedy Award Winner, HELEN O’BRIEN is an accomplished performer and writer. She began her career as a member of The Durham Revue comedy group, before joining Off The Ground Theatre Company, where she starred in a large number of productions including Romeo and Juliet, Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad. Here she also played the lead role of Rita in Educating Rita. HELEN has performed in and written for sketch shows at The Edinburgh Festival including Innocent Bystanders and Domestic Goddi. Domestic Goddi returned to Edinburgh in 2009 and 2010 to critical acclaim and 4 star reviews. HELEN has been part of the writing team for Sex Bombs, a new pilot for BBC Northern Ireland. She can be heard regularly as Mystic Val on Johnny Saunders Saturday Sports Show on BBC Radio Berkshire. HELEN currently hosts Mrs Manning’s Comedy Club, a regular night of character, sketch and musical comedy.

What the Press said about. . . Helen O’Brien:

“50 best Fringe jokes” The Independent on Sunday
"stupidly talented... seamlessly funny" ★★★★ The List
“funnier than Ainsley Harriott's head in a blender” ★★★★ Metro
“excellent comic timing” ★★★★ one4review

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Fri 20th April SALFORD, Lowry Studio 0843 208 6000
Sat 5th May BELFAST, Waterfront 028 9033 4455
Thurs 14th June STOCKTON, ARC Studio 01642 525199
Sat 21st July DURHAM, Gala Studio 0191 332 4041
Sat 22nd Sept RUNCORN, The Brindley 0151 907 8360


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