Sonya Kelly

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The Wheelchair on My Face - a look back at a myopic childhood

Hilarious one woman show written and performed by Sonya Kelly
Directed by Gina Moxley
Produced by Marketa Dowling

Presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company 

Little Miss Sunshine meets My Left Foot


‘I got my first pair of glasses when I was seven. A nurse came to the school and tested everyone’s eyes. And so it was discovered why I’d thrown bread to the floating crisp packets in our local pond and walked into lamp posts and said, ’excuse me’. Until that day the world was a swirl of moving coloured blobs. I thought it was the same for everyone. How wrong I was.’ 

‘Part memoir, part theatre and part stand-up comedy’ (Irish Independent), this delightful story of a myopic seven year old is brought to you by actor and comedian, Sonya Kelly (The Savage Eye)

Developed as part of Show in a Bag, an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors. 

‘hilarious, poignant...it will please viewers of all lens-prescriptions and none.’   Irish Theatre Magazine

‘delightfully whacky.. hilarious.. tight script and engaging performance.. terrific’ Irish Times

‘wonderfully fresh script...highly endearing’ The Sunday Business Post

‘an absolute delight of a show’ The Irish Mail on Sunday

‘a delightful hour, full of wit and keen observation along with the odd pull at the heartstrings’ Sunday Independent

‘beautifully evocative. fabulous’ RTÉ Arena

Running time: 55 mins

Fishamble: The New Play Company is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Sonya Kelly

Sonya was previously in Fishamble’s Wired to the Moon. She is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin. As an actor, she has worked for numerous theatre companies including The Corn Exchange, Druid Theatre, The Performance Corporation and played in many productions for the Gate Theatre. Film and TV work includes The Cassidys, Damage, for RTÉ and Intermission for Parallel Films. She has been writing and performing her own stand up material for four years. She has been shortlisted for the UK Funny Women Awards at the Comedy Store and California's Funniest Female Award in Los Angeles. She has also performed at numerous Best of Irish Showcases at The Stand Comedy Club for the Edinburgh Fringe. She is a cast member of RTÉ’s hugely popular The Savage Eye.

Gina Moxley – Director

Gina Moxley is an actor and writer. Most recently she toured with Pan Pan's in The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane.   Also with Pan Pan she performed in The Crumb Trail, which she also wrote and toured extensively as Jocasta in Oedipus Loves You.Other recent theatre includes Boss Grady’s Boys (Gaiety), Corcadorca's medEia and Prime Cut’s Woman and Scarecrow.   Film appearances include The Other Side of Sleep, Cluck, This is My Father, The Butcher Boy, Saltwater, and Clash of the Ash; and on TV:  Game of Thrones, Titanic, Stardust, Any Time Now and No Tears. Gina’s stage plays include Tea Set (Fishamble), Danti-Dan (Rough Magic)Dog HouseToupées and Snare Drums (CoisCéim/Abbey)A Heart of Cork and Map of M; Revised. She has written a number of plays for radio and has published some short stories. She directed two of her own plays Tea Set and The Candidate for Sidhe at Belltable, Limerick in 2009

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