W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
starring Colin Hamell
by Bernard McMullan
directed by Carmel O’Reilly
January 24 – February 18, 2018
God is a Dublin gangster. Angel Gabriel is the plucky keeper at the gates of heaven and Titanic’s legacy isn’t the first class passengers, it is 700 crewmen enjoying newfound stardom in heaven. This is Titanic like you’ve never seen it before. Having gone down with the ship, Jimmy has rock star status and boy does he milk it. Flirting with angels, rewriting history with a direct line to an unlikely God – Jimmy Titanic is a unique and hilarious take on the story of the most famous ship ever built.
Originally conceived to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the great ship’s sinking, the Irish comedy Jimmy Titanic stars Colin Hamell (The Fighter) as a Belfast shipyard worker named Jimmy Boylan, as well as more than 20 other characters whose lives were connected to the doomed ocean liner. From his new home in a humorously rendered heaven, Boylan remembers and relives events surrounding the voyage every day, consumed by its legacy. Written by Bernard McMullan and directed by Carmel O’Reilly, this one-man show presents an amalgam of historical drama and wry humor.
Jimmy Titanic first premiered as part of The Next Generation Play Series at Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival NYC 2012. Irish Rep is proud to participate in this year’s 10th Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival with presentations of Jimmy Titanic and Disco Pigs.
“… a revelation” –Broadway World
“Be prepared to laugh out loud one minute, while choking back tears the next” –Boston Metro
“[Hamell’s] performance dazzles: This is the work of a virtuoso.” –Boston Edge
“outrageous characters… darkly funny… Colin Hamell is the real entertainer.” –The Boston Globe
“… manages to entertain, inform, move, and comment… a completely original point of view … inspired” –Woman about Town
“An ingenious conceit… a wild and thoroughly original ride.” –Santa Barbara Independent