A CORK comedian and actor has channeled his experiences with alcoholism into a new play that is bringing both hope and laughter to Irish audiences.
Acclaimed Irish comedian Tadhg Hickey’s latest production 'In One Eye, Out the Other is coming to The Everyman theatre on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22 at 8pm.
The first solo comedy show from Tadhg Hickey - of CCCahoots fame - follows the misadventures of Feargal, a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic. Using the Catholic calendar as a roadmap, Feargal leads audiences on a surreal journey with many comical and poignant twists.
Tadhg emphasised that the story is by no means a confessional piece. However, it was inspired by a struggle with alcoholism a number of years ago which he has since overcome.
"I'd say this is about 10pc reality," Tadhg explained. "I've been sober for five years now and wanted to do something on my own drinking. Alcoholism is a universally gritty subject and I wanted to tell my story in a surreal way. This is not a confessional piece. Instead, it's done through the mode of Fergal, who could be described as like a way worse version of me. He is a happy-go-lucky guy with an incredibly difficult life."
The production, which debuted at the Dublin Fringe Festival, has touched a number of people in similar situations.
"A couple of people who were concerned about problem drinkers in their families came to see the show," Tadhg said.
"One woman came to see it a few times because she wasn't yet ready to go to a recovery meeting. There is a great deal of hope in the story. One of the things it teaches you is that life doesn't stop when you give up drinking. I have been doing so much with my life that I now wouldn't have the time to drink even if I wanted to."
The playwright and TV star hopes he can help others find light at the end of the tunnel.
"Hopefully, this will have a positive educational aspect."