A play about Cork athlete, Sona O'Sullivan is hitting The Everyman this summer

SONIA is a play celebrating one of Ireland’s greatest living legends.

CallBack Theatre in association with Friars’ Gate Theatre are delighted to announce details of the world premiere production of SONIA – a play celebrating one of Ireland’s greatest living legends, Olympic and World Champion runner, Sonia O’Sullivan.

This fast-paced one woman play features dramatic visuals and an intensely physical performance from Cora Fenton. Expect a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of the highly competitive and unforgiving world of athletics.  All Sonia ever wanted was to run the perfect race. How much would you sacrifice to be the best?

CallBack Theatre are delighted that one of the greatest Irish athletes of all time has agreed to collaborate with them on this exciting project.

Sonia O’Sullivan commented:

“I was approached by Cora and John to contribute to this play about my sporting career, it’s going to be the first theatre piece about me which is very exciting and I’ve enjoyed meeting with CallBack Theatre to discuss the play as it develops. I first met Cora over 20 years ago, she was testing my fitness whilst working as an exercise physiologist.  Little did either of us think that 20 years later she would be playing me on stage. I’m really looking forward to seeing how my career transfers from the track to the theatre.”

Everyone in Ireland knows the name Sonia O’Sullivan. In the 1990’s Sonia lifted the mood of the nation with her sporting achievements. CallBack aims to recapture the atmosphere of that time in an exciting play that takes us to the dizzy highlights of Double World Cross Country Gold, to the heartbreak of disaster in Atlanta and everything in between. Sonia is a strong female role model and a strong role model for sport. This will be the first theatre piece on the sporting legend.

SONIA, written by award-winning writer John Sheehy, with contributions from Sonia O’Sullivan, and directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, will premiere at Friars’ Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, Monday June 17- to Saturday, 22 2019 (previews Monday 17 and Tuesday 18), then tours to The Everyman, Cork, Tuesday 25 to Saturday June 29 (preview Tuesday 25). Tickets are on sale now from friarsgate.ie / everymancork.com

We’ll be racing to see this one!

SONIA is kindly supported by Ballyhoura Development CLG, Cork City Council and Limerick City and County Council.