Bringing it all into focus

Award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company will present The Wheelchair on My Face this Friday at 8pm in Carlow’s GB Shaw Theatre.

Award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company will present The Wheelchair on My Face this Friday at 8pm in Carlow’s GB Shaw Theatre.

Writer and actress Sonya Kelly brings warmth and tenderness to the stage as she looks back at her myopic childhood. Her talents as a stand-up comedian and performer on RTÉ’s Savage Eye shine through in the humorous descriptions of life before her myopia diagnosis and the events that unfolded afterwards.

“I got my first pair of glasses when I was seven,” she says. “A nurse came to the school and tested everyone’s eyes. And so it was discovered why I’d thrown bread to the floating crisp packets in our local pond and walked into lamp posts and said, ‘Excuse me.’ Until that day the world was swirl of moving coloured blobs. I thought it was the same for everyone. How wrong I was!”

The performance is part memoir, part theatre and overall a comedy. Sonya explains the social and physical obstacles she faced, and the hilarious ways she compensated for the limitations of her sight with a sense of humour.

Tickets are €14/€12 from the box office on 059 9172400 and at www.gbshawtheatre.ie.