A raucous and unlikely romantic drama… twenty feet up, John O’Donovan’s If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You returns to the Meat Market Stables, this October, as part of the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
A town a ten thousand people. What parade do we get? I’m a parade. I’m a one-man parade.
Halloween. A small town in the west of Ireland. There’s a party to get to, and Mikey and Casey have everything they need… Booze. Cash. Drugs. Each other.
The only problem is they’re stuck. Stuck on a roof. Stuck together. And as they wait for the Guards to stop circling the house, they find out there are some truths you just can’t climb down from.
John O’Donovan’s work has been read and staged in the UK at the Old Vic, the Old Red Lion, New Diorama, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Arcola Theatre, RADA and Clapham Omnibus, as well as in Ireland by the Abbey Theatre, Project Arts Centre, Druid and glór.
John is a former member of the BBC’s Writers Room: Drama Room (2018), the Old Vic 12 (2017), Orange Tree Writers Collective (2017) and Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, as well as the Abbey Theatre Playwrights Hub in Ireland. He has had stories and plays published in Verbal Arts Magazine, Crannóg and Bare Fiction.
His debut play, If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You, premiered at the Old Red Lion in August 2016 to critical acclaim, before subsequent tours and productions in Ireland, Spain and Australia. It is published by Bloomsbury. Sink premiered at the Dublin Fringe in 2019, while Flights toured Ireland and the UK in 2020. Flights & Sink are published by Nick Hern Books.
John is currently working on the BBC TV Drama Writers Programme, in partnership with Element Pictures and developing a new literary adaptation for glór, Ennis. He is also under commission to Restless Content for his first short film Two Stories High, and to Kudos North for a new TV show.
“This isn’t a play about marriage equality. Instead, it’s about the knottier stuff of gay lives in certain corners of the world, and the kind of people who’ll never be the poster boys for the progressive cause.” – Time Out
Director: Christian Cavallo | Performers: Asher Griffith-Jones, River Stevens | Associate Director: Cameron Steens | Set & Costume Designer: Casey Harper-Wood | Lighting Designer: Iz Zettl | Sound Designer: Jack Burmeister
If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You
Meat Market Stables, 2 Wreckyn Street, North Melbourne
Season: 5 – 22 October 2023
Information and Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au
Image: Asher Griffith-Jones and River Stevens – photo by Cameron Grant