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To my teenage best friends who are now mostly my twenty something strangers. To those of you in college, those of you now unemployed...

Shane Byrne left his sleeping bag in the car again…is about what you’ve left behind, and what you wish you’d kept. It’s a show about Shane. Shane was a boy scout and will never be again. This is his chance to hold on to the past- to rebuild it before your eyes in glorious theatricality- or maybe just get over it.

Shane was there. He doesn’t actually know, but he can talk about it. He wanted to have all the scouts he ever met on stage. He wanted them to have to come back, and see what would happen. But they never wrote back. They didn’t pick up their messages. They silenced his calls.  So now its Shane, alone and its very hard to pitch a tent with one person.

This show was originally conceived as part of ‘Generation’, a Project Brand New collaboration with Bealtaine Festival”

What people thought

Byrne, a member of THEATREclub, is tremendously charming. Whether it’s awkwardly strumming the first notes of Everybody Hurts or struggling to tie logs for a fire, he wears his heart on his sleeve without being cloying. – Irish Theatre Magazine

Byrne dashes energetically from tent (so he didn’t forget it) to guitar to table doubling as a cliff, presenting a nostalgic hymn to an organisation that made him feel welcome and accepted ­ as well as teaching him how to cook a charred dinner over a campfire.- Irish Times

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Please note we can present this piece in rep with Group Therapy For One

Cast & Crew

    • Shane Byrne -  Creator, Performer
    • Eoin Winning - Lighting Designer
    • Ciaran O'Melia - Stage Designer
    • Eoin Carrick - Asst Set Designer
    • Sarah Murphy - Producer
    • Louis Haugh - Photography
“ I’m standing here all on my own. I have a tent. I have rucksacks and sleeping bags. ”