Big Telly Theatre Company presents: Spike Milligan’s PUCKOON

by • February 18, 2016 • EntertainmentComments (0)2861

It’s back by popular demand!  Big Telly’s smash hit stage production of Spike Milligan’s PUCKOON returns for an all-Ireland and UK tour in Spring/Summer 2016.

The show’s sell-out 2009 and remounted 2011 tour had audiences all across Ireland screaming with laughter at its Goonish blend of theatrical anarchy, musical wit, and impossible plot.  Ireland 1922, and the Ulster Boundary Commission has drawn the new border straight through the small town of Puckoon.  With the church separated from its own graveyard and drink now thirty percent cheaper in one corner of the pub, life in the newly divided village will never be the same again.  Based on the book by Spike Milligan, this comic masterpiece is an irreverent and hilarious story which takes the mick, celebrates the absurd, and paints a picture of a simple life that borders on the ridiculous.

Based on the book by Spike Milligan; Directed by Zoë Seaton; Music by Paul Boyd

What the critics say…

“They say there is a thin line between insanity and genius and Big Telly’s adaptation of Spike Milligan’s novel Puckoon demonstrates how very thin that line is, and how very easy it is to jump back and forth across that line with a silly grin on one’s face.”

British Theatre Guide, Puckoon, 2011

 “It is easy see why this rumbustious romp of a show has been a huge hit barnstorming around Ireland. The wildly talented company of six actor-musicians attack Spike Milligan’s absurd comic novel with inspired physical gusto…”

★★★★, Puckoon, 2011

“A rip-roaring piece of physical theatre … HUGELY ENTERTAINING … a glossy production which looks great!”

The Stage, Puckoon, 2009

“The madcap genius of Spike Milligan … a PYTHONESQUE piece of oddball entertainment”

Irish Times, Puckoon, 2009


Belfast Telegraph, Puckoon, 2009

“Clever, fast-paced … funny and HIGHLY ENTERTAINING”

Irish Theatre Magazine, Puckoon, 2009

“Big Telly and a dream team have A HIT ON THEIR HANDS.  The audience united in helpless laughter”

Coleraine Chronicle, Puckoon, 2009


Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 7th-8th April

Theatre Royal, Waterford 14th April

Playhouse, Derry 16th April

The MAC, Belfast 20th April-30th April

The Alley Theatre, Strabane 1st May

Axis Theatre, Ballymun 3rd May

Moat Theatre, Naas 4th May

The Market Place, Armagh 5th May

Middlesbrough Theatre, 7th May

The Atkinson, Sefton, Southport 8th May

Stourbridge Town Hall Theatre, West Midlands 11th May

Key Theatre, Peterbourough 12th May

Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, 13th May

Dorchester Arts Centre, 20th May

The Junction, Goole, 21st May

Chipping Norton Theatre, 24th May

Dundee Rep Theatre, 26th-27th May

Riverside Theatre, Coleraine 28th May

Everyman Theatre, Cork 30th May-2nd June

Mermaid Theatre, Bray 3rd June

Glor, Ennis 4th June

Puckoon 2016 - poster image



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