Bring Me Back alive launches at Firkin Crane

Back Row: David O’ Leary, Actors Vision; Paul O’ Donoghue, Firkin Crane; Darren Kelleher, Director;  Ann Rea, Firkin Crane; Ann Long, Shine A Light; Joe Dalton, Shine A Light
Front Row: Alma Kickham, Actors Vision;  Aoife Commons, Actors Vision; Lord Mayor Councillor Mick Finn; Letitiah Hill, Chairperson Shine A Light; Joanne Mc Namara, HSE Community Worker.

The Award Winning Play by Patricia McCann “BRING ME BACK ALIVE” runs at Firkin Crane from Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th October. The play is suitable for ages 16+ and runs for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Book Tickets for school bookings please contact Ann Rea at 

Booking fee: online 1.50 / telephone €2
Bookings: 021 450 7487 (Box Office Opening hours 11am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday)

Note: World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th October.
This year’s theme is ‘Young People and Mental Health In a Changing World’, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health.
Shine a Light Suicide and Mental Health Awareness would like to announce the welcome return of the award-winning play “Bring Me Back Alive” by writer Patricia McCann. This year as part of our activities for Mental Health Awareness Week in October we are bringing this play to Cork audiences. The play is a thought provoking story about suicide awareness set ina youth centre in present day. The play has had a 5-year very successful run in Dublin and will be performed by a Cork cast for the second time this year in The Firkin Crane Theatre,

The play directed by Darren Kelleher of Actors Vision highlights some of the warning signs to watch out for; it focuses on the need for more mental health services to deal with suicidal crisis situations. The devastating effects that suicide has on family and friends are also brought to the fore. But the main purpose of this play is to show that there is always hope, and there is always help. Bring Me Back Alive skillfully straddles drama and comedic story -telling, representative of Patricia McCann’s strong writing style, through the raw truth of her social consciousness.

Artistic Director Darren Kelleher of Actors Vision commented that “one of the primary functions of the arts is to act as a mirror for the current issues and problems of the society in which its audiences live. Every suicide has more than one victim. It devastates the families and communities that surround each person whose life is lost. Bring Me Back Alive, is a fantastically written piece of theatre reflecting both sides of this story, and skilfully takes shot at the fact that society still isn’t fully comfortable talking about suicide. I’m honoured to have been invited to work with a very honest script, a committed cast, and, (with Shine a Light) a very benevolent group of volunteers”.

Bring Me Back Alive is funded by Shine a Light Suicide and Mental Health Awareness using moneys raised and donated to the group for the work it undertakes to tackle suicide in our communities and promote mental health awareness across all of the groups work with communities, groups and individuals. 

Supported by The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Mick Finn 

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