Rough Magic


How to Keep an Alien

2016 dates: How to Keep an Alien in New York, Finland and Dún Laoghaire
Sonya Kelly’s hit show will tour to the Irish Arts Centre, New York for a three-week run from Thursday 15 September, then on to the Irish Festival Oulu in Finland for 7 and 8 October. We’re sending the show off in style with a special performance at the Pavilion Theatre Dún Laoghaire on Friday 9 September
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How to Keep an Alien is a funny and tender autobiographical tale in which Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, but Kate’s visa is up and she must leave the country. Together they must find a way to prove to the Department of Immigation that they have the right to live together in Ireland.
The paper trail of evidence for ‘the visa people’ takes them on a global odyssey from County Offaly to the Queensland Bush. It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of a whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork!

Winner of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Best Production Award, this show won accolades from critics and audiences when in premiered in Dublin and Brisbane in 2014. In 2015, How to Keep an Alien toured throughout Ireland. In association with the Soho Theatre, London, How to Keep an Alien went to The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. In December 2015, the show ran for three weeks at the Soho Theatre, London.

'Exquisite’ ★★★★★ The Irish Times
‘Inventive and delightfully magnetic theatre’ ★★★★★ The Herald  
★★★★ The Guardian "This is a very, very funny show ... one to fall in love with"  
★★★★ from the Financial Times "full of lovely surreal detail and laugh-out-loud wit"
★★★★★ from Edinburgh Festivals Magazine "A real-life tale of love beyond the legal system that will have you in stitches and melt your heart at the same time... a must watch"  
How to Keep an Alien is written by Sonya Kelly, directed by Gina Moxley and performed by Sonya Kelly with support from Justin Murphy.  Kelly’s debut show, The Wheelchair on My Face, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2012 and has played 150 performances in over 50 venues including New York where it received the New York Times Critics’ Pick.  Sonya was a participant on Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme, which gives established artists the opportunity to expand their knowledge and broaden their artistic horizons through a structured programme.