Mojo Mickybo November 2nd, 2022

Irish Times Theatre Awards - Two Nominations

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Bruiser Theatre Company is delighted to announce that our production of Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty has been nominated for two Irish Theatre Awards: Best Director and Best Ensemble.

"These nominations put Bruiser in the company of Ireland’s very best theatre, despite the unprecedented times for the industry and the challenges Bruiser itself has faced. A very proud moment." - Rosie Timoney, Chairperson of Bruiser Theatre Company

Bruiser’s production of Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty toured venues across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, to London and was streamed online during the Covid-19 venue closures.

It has been an unprecedented 24 months for the Irish theatre industry, yet great work has still been staged (Both online and in-person) despite the odds.

Lorelei Harris of The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards commented: “The extraordinary circumstances need to be acknowledged from the outset … We are not just celebrating the success or failure of this or that show. The very act of [artists] making work at all needs to be celebrated as significant on its own. The sheer courage involved, where you had a cohort of theatre practitioners, isolated in the way we were all isolated during the pandemic, continuing with their practice in the service of an audience: it was just remarkable really and we were privileged as an audience to be there.”

Bruiser’s Founder and Artistic Director, Lisa May, has been nominated in the Best Director category. The company of Mojo Mickybo, Michael Condron and Terence Keeley, have been nominated in the Best Ensemble category.

This is a major achievement for Bruiser Theatre Company, an independent Belfast-based theatre company committed to showcasing the rich talent and culture of Northern Ireland.

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards will take place on June 12th at the Irish Museum of Modern Arts, Kilmainham, Dublin


Mojo Mickybo shows the friendship between two boys growing up in Belfast – a friendship that at first is immune to the sectarian violence taking place around them, but which nonetheless is ultimately destroyed by it.

Pure, undiluted storytelling in Bruiser’s trademark dynamic physical style. Fast-paced, darkly funny and action-packed. The show was brought to life by two of our finest local actors, Michael Condron and Terence Keeley.

Bruiser Theatre Company are renowned for their fast-paced, energetic, and engaging performances. Under the meticulous direction of Lisa May, Bruiser Theatre company is proud to showcase of both Northern Ireland’s talent and complex history through this critically acclaimed production.

Mojo Mickybo has been supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The National Lottery, Belfast City Council, The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Culture Ireland.


“Seeing this underlined the importance of theatre … This outstanding production of Owen McCafferty’s insightful Mojo Mickybo reminds us why theatre is so vital.” – Jane Hardy, The Irish News

“Two stunningly energetic performances … an hour of action-packed entertainment” – Broadway Baby

"Skilfully performed and presented. I loved every minute spent with Mojo Mickybo." – Everything Theatre

"A fascinating and thoroughly engrossing piece of writing brought to life by two amazing and talented actors." – London Theatre 1

“This is a piece of theatre that deserves the biggest of audiences … The power and appeal of Mojo Mickybo and of this production lies in its wonderfully affectionate, instantly recognisable and wholly unsentimental depiction of childhood … in the safe hands of Lisa May, Condron and Keeley at the top of their game and Bruiser doing what they do best, Mojo Mickybo sings.” - Cathy Brown, No More Workhorse

“The vitality of the performances is remarkable.” – UK Theatre Web

“What we have here is a stunning, breath-taking piece of theatre.” - Conor O’Neill, Culture Crush NI

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