Ray Scannell with Once Off Productions in association with Cork Midsummer Festival and The Everyman, Ireland

The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia

It’s nearly 20 years since Finn left his family home in the Dublin suburbs for a chance to be the next darling on the indie circuit. But his music career has gone down the tubes, the blinding London lights have burned him out, and he’s on the ferry home with empty pockets and his guitar strap between his legs.

From the concrete jungle of the N31 to a painfully hip music festival on the white sands of the Aran Islands, The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia lovingly exposes a generation of adult children living back in the home, struggling to fit into the nuclear family ideal, and trying to make music in the face of rental crises and global catastrophe.

Following the success of Mimic (2007), Alice in Funderland (THISISPOPBABY/Abbey Theatre 2012) and Deep (2013), Ray Scannell makes his festival writing debut with this new apocalyptic black comedy with live music and original songs.

This production is funded by the Arts Council.

Written and composed by Ray Scannell
Directed by Tom Creed
Performers: Ray Scannell, Peter Power and Christiane O’Mahony
Set and Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
Sound Design and Additional Composition: Peter Power
Costume Design: Saileóg O’Halloran
Video Design: Jack Phelan


Project Arts Centre (Cube)


26, 27 Sept & 1–4 Oct, 7.45pm
28 Sept & 5 Oct, 2.45pm & 7.45pm
29 Sept 2.45pm




Approx. 80 mins. No interval.

Talking Theatre

28 Sept, post-show (7.45pm).
With Ray Scannell and members
of the company.