How to Keep an Alien

By Sonia Kelly

2014, 2015 and 2016


Premiered in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival – September 2014

Brisbane – 2014

Irish Nationwide tour – 2015

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – August  2015

Soho Theatre, London – Dec 2015

Irish Arts Center, New York – September 2016

Irish Festival Oulu, Finland – October 2016

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.

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