Jun 16 2016
Christian O'Reilly scripted film to close the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh
THE CLOSING film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Sanctuary, the screen adaptation of the acclaimed play from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, exploring the issue of sexual and romantic relationships between intellectually disabled people.
Scripted by Christian O’Reilly, adapted from his own play, and directed by Len Collins, Sanctuary will be shown in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday July 10 at 8.30pm.
Intellectually disabled people’s scope for exploring romantic relationships is greatly curtailed by the care systems in which they live – it is illegal, for instance, for an intellectually disabled couple to have sex unless they are married. O’Reilly’s fine script illuminates the subject with great tact, sensitivity, and humour.
During a group outing to a cinema, Larry and Sophie - beautifully played by Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelly - steal away and get a hotel room for the afternoon, booked for them by their carer. It is their first time to share real private moments together and both try to steer their way through an emotional minefield of desire, uncertainty, awkwardness, love, and intimacy. Their journey through this experience is warmly and affectingly portrayed and performed.
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