Ballymaloe Grainstore reopens its doors for entertainment for the first time since Covid with a show guaranteed to offer some much-needed comic relief. Eilish O’Carroll brings her one-woman show, Live, Love, Laugh to the East Cork venue on Saturday 4 December at 8pm.
Best known as Winnie McGoogan in her brother Brendan O’Carroll’s smash hit BBC sitcom and worldwide sell-out play Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Eilish comes into her own as she takes audiences on a loving journey. She reflects on an eventful life that includes a strict Catholic upbringing, two failed marriages, and coming out as a lesbian at the age of 50.
While poignant and deeply moving, it is also packed – as it says on the tin – with life, love and laughter. A 1950s baby, and the ninth of ten children, Eilish recalls her childhood with affection and good humour. She shares her discovery of orgasmic proportions via the hydraulics on a double decker bus. At one stage she was sure that there was something wrong ‘down there’ - her realisation that she is a lesbian is also another amusing tale to be told.
Punctuated by her singing and playing the guitar, Eilish’s crowd-pleasing show is a warm, witty triumph that joyously celebrates being true to yourself.
We laughed from beginning to end. It’s my fifth time seeing it, and it just gets better and better. – Audience member
Mrs. Brown's sister's show is intimate and highly entertaining. – Irish News
Laugh out loud funny. – Edinburgh Evening News
Boy oh boy, what a show! – John McHugh
Presented by Mansworth Productions.