Episode 129: Seamus O’Rourke – Kiss My Arts

One of Leitrim’s favourite sons, Seamus O’Rourke, joins Breifne to chat about his rural upbringing, playing football and how he’s certainly not a poet.

Seamus details his childhood in Carrigallen from outhouses, farming and football and how an invite from local director Gus Ward to take up a role with the players as part of God’s Gentry, probably more to take advantage to his carpentry skills and having access to a van to help with building and moving of sets.

Developing and delivering a poem to document that particular production at the time to perform at the cast and crew wrap party was a game changer. The reaction of his colleagues to this initial performance showed that he had done something they hadn’t seen before.

While he had been crafting recitations for some time it was a posting of his memoir of Leitrim’s 1994 heroics in Croke Park to YouTube which brought his work to a wider internet audience and he hasn’t looked back since.

Having moved into a full time theatre setting, writing and performing both his own plays and other productions, usually one man shows in venues large and small across the country, he’s busier now than he ever was in a full time working environment as a carpenter.

He talks about how his professional experience has played a massive part in the growth of Big Guerilla where he can grow his own business and become self-sufficient and be the master of his own destiny.

On the launch of his first book ‘A Lock of Poems Recitations and Good Ones’ he explains how he felt it was time to put down on paper his favourite pieces from over the years as well as some new work which hadn’t been performed previously. The launch of his first book is today at 5pm in Mitchell’s, Carrigallen.


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