Hundreds of dispossessed families travel west after winning a lottery orchestrated by an unscrupulous local councilor at the behest of Dandelion Ní Houlihan, a mysterious 103 year Bostonian benefactor seeking beatification. All roads lead to Gortnapuca where gangs of carpenters sleep ten to a tent in anticipation of a building frenzy, Mink Devine is selling edible beetles, and a small boy finds solace amidst the chaos by befriending a horse in a circus field.
Set in the near future, ‘Nettle Horse’ by award winning writer, performer and musician, Little John Nee is a transformative theatrical odyssey weaving storytelling, song, and satire that invites the audience to step into a parallel universe and witness the magic of their own imaginations in creating the future.
Little John Nee is an award-winning writer, performer and musician based in the west of Ireland. He has developed a unique style of musical storytelling theatre, simultaneously hilarious and heart-breaking, that has won him international recognition. His play ‘Sparkplug’ won an Irish Times Theatre Award for his sound design while the RTE radio version won a Special Mention Prize at the Prix Italia 2013. He has published a book of Haiku ‘The Apocalypse Came on a Friday’ and previously his ‘A Donegal Trilogy’ was published by An Grianán Theatre. He has released an album of songs from his theatre shows recorded with The Caledonia Highly strung Orchestra, ‘Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta’. Little John has been commissioned to write plays for Barabbas Theatre Company, Axis Ballymun, Scottish Touring Theatre Consortium, An Grianán Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Co. Council, Leitrim Co. Council, and Galway Arts Festival. A prolific creator of work for theatre, he was elected to Aosdána in recognition of his contribution to Irish culture.