Irish comedian and actress Sonya Kelly (from The Savage Eye) is back with another hit show.
Following up from the success of The Wheelchair on My Face, How to Keep an Alien is a real life tale written and performed by Sony Kelly and directed by Gina Moxley. The tender, funny, yet serious story charts the difficulties she met whist trying to secure an Irish Visa for her Australian girlfriend Kate, and the subsequent battles with bureaucracy that it entailed.
The story follows her journey from Offaly to Queensland, from mountains of paperwork to proving to a government that their love is real.
“Initially, Kate came over on a one-year work visa. But then she had to leave, because there was a prohibitive bar where, if you didn’t earn €60,000 or more, you had to go home” Sonya told the Irish Examiner.
This then led the pair to apply for a ‘de facto’ relationship visa, however two years’ worth of dated documentary evidence proving that the pair exist as a couple needed to be submitted.
“There are 27 rules and regulations, and let’s just say that they are the opposite of sexy. You’re at a point in your relationship where there should be a sense of spontaneity and freedom, but, actually, you’re just collecting receipts and putting them into a dossier for some stranger to look at” said Sonya.
This critically acclaimed hit show was winner of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Best Production Award and is presented by Rough Magic who produce a broad spectrum of work which includes over 50 Irish premieres and the professional debuts of many Irish theatre-makers.
Tearfully funny yet tender, How to Keep an Alien brings to the forefront the bureaucracy that exists and the difficulties that come with it, but promises to be a show that audiences will love.
Rough Magic presents How to Keep an Alien with Sonya Kelly at the Playhouse on Saturday 21st November at 8pm with tickets priced at £8 & £11