Christian O'reilly, Ireland

No Magic Pill

by Christian O'reilly

This is the (mostly) true story of Martin Naughton AKA Michael Collins in a wheelchair. Martin is an agitator. A disruptor. A seeker of justice and planter of (truth) bombs. But will his anarchic quest for equality be derailed by dreams of love and new horizons?

Based on the real life of Martin Naughton and his campaign for independence for disabled people in Ireland, No Magic Pill is a joyful, shameless, no-holds-barred story of one man's fight for justice and love.

For ages 12+

Funded by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Supported by Town Hall Theatre and The Civic. Presented in partnership with Disability Federation of Ireland, Independent Living Movement Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council.

Directed by Raymond Keane

Produced by Mitzi D'Alton and Christian O'Reilly

Dramaturg and Disability Consultant: Peter Kearns

Set Design: Ger Clancy

Assistant Set Designers: Eugenia Genuchi & Aidan Fox

Set Construction: Artfx Ltd

Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels

Costume Design: Deirdre Dwyer

Music and Sound Design: Trevor Knight

Movement Director: Rachel Parry

Voice Coach: Andrea Ainsworth

Performed by Sorcha Curley, Mark Fitzgerald, Peter Kearns, Ferdia MacAonghusa, Julie Sharkey, Paddy Slattery


Civic Theatre


4 Oct


4 Oct. 8pm
5-8 Oct. 8pm
9 Oct. 3pm

Audio Described Performances:
5 Oct. 8pm
6 Oct. 8pm

ISL performances:
8 Oct. 8pm
9 Oct.3pm


€18 - €25


85 mins., approx., no interval.

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