Sunday 17 December 2017

Ross puts Cowen between 'Rock and hard place

THE controversial 'Garglegate' episode is being revisited in the new Ross O'Carroll-Kelly play.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen is once again the subject of ridicule after he was parodied in Between Foxrock and a Hard Place by a gunman played by Apres Match star Gary Cooke.

The latest stage production in the adventures of the southside character created by Paul Howard left audiences at the first-night opening show in stitches at the send-up of the country's leader.

Set in post Celtic Tiger Ireland, the first part of the play sees the O'Carroll-Kelly family being held up in their Foxrock home by a robber wearing a rubber Brian Cowen mask and wielding a gun, with the intention of carrying out a tiger kidnapping.

Ross's mum Fionnuala, actress Susan Fitzgerald, initially mistakes the masked gunman, who's trying to rob them, for the real politician before it's pointed out to her that it's not actually him.

The character of Ross's father Charles then goes on to offer the thief a drink of whiskey but he declines saying how he "never drinks off the job". Charles then replies saying: "Suit yourself...definitely not Brian Cowen then", to laughter and cheers from the audience.

Mr Cowen made headlines around the globe after he was accused of sounding "half-way between drunk and hung-over" in an interview last month with RTE.

The early morning interview on Morning Ireland, while he was at the Fianna Fail 'think in' at a Galway hotel, sparked outrage among the Irish public and put the Irish Government under further pressure. Mr Cowen called the claims that he was drunk or hungover "ridiculous" and "uncalled for".

Meanwhile, journalist Howard has also revisited the whole GlenRo saga in his play, which saw Rosanna Davison jetting off with pal Johnny Ronan in the wake of his bust-up with Glenda Gilson.

In the latter part of the play, Ross's former girlfriend Sorcha asks to use his phone and is outraged when she sees a picture of the former Miss World as his wallpaper. She blasts him out for "telling me you didn't go to Marrakesh".

The creator of the rugby-loving southsider explained how he tried to keep the new play contemporary and add fresh material that generated interest over the past year.

"What makes Ross good is that he reflects the time," Howard said.


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