The Curse of the Button Accordion
A new play by Sharon Mannion. Touring nationally Spring 2018
Visual, Carlow - 24th Feb
The Dock, Leitrim - 1st March
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge - 15th March
Wexford Arts Centre - 22nd March
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray - 29th March
The Mill, Dundrum - 5th April
The New Theatre, Dublin - 23rd April - 5th May
Written and performed by Sharon Mannion, this is a laugh out loud play inspired by Sharon's experiences growing up in rural Roscommon. In this heart warming coming of age tale Sharon introduces us to the weird and wonderful characters that have influenced her life, not least Frank, her button accordion.
After eighteen months of development, including an in-progress 30 minute version as part of Scene + Heard Festival, Smock Alley Theatre Feb 2016, Speckintime premiered The Curse of the Button Accordion in Sharon Mannion's home country of Roscommon at the Roscommon Arts Centre on 29th & 30th March 2017 and will now tour the show, culminating in a two week Dublin premiere in The New Theatre.
"this is a very, very funny, at times laugh out loud, new play." Red Curtain Review
"Mannion enthralls and engrosses the audience in what is a faultless performance...riotous laughter..." The Reviews Hub
Sharon is an actor, comedian and improvisor from Co. Roscommon. She is best known for her comedy TV work: 'Bridget and Eamon' (RTE), 'Trojan Donkey' (Channel 4/RTE), Callans Kicks (RTE), Moone Boy (Sky 1) and Damo & Ivor (RTE).
She won Best Stand Up award at the inaugural Fr. Ted Festival and has been a finalist in both the UK & Ireland Funny Women and Bulmers Comedy Festival stand up competitions.
Sharon performs weekly for The Dublin Comedy Improv (International Bar, Dublin)
Roscommon County Council & Roscommon arts centre
Sharon Mannion was awarded a bursary from Roscommon County Council to develop her initial thirty minute script into a full-length play. The premiere performance in her home town was proudly supported by Roscommon Arts Centre.