Falling To Earth: My Summer With Bowie

Falling To Earth: My Summer With Bowie

Verdant Productions in association with The Civic Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

present the World premiere of

FALLING TO EARTH – My Summer With Bowie

By Eugene O’Brien 

at The Civic Theatre  from 27th September 2023

Verdant Productions in association with The Civic Theatre present the World premiere of FALLING TO EARTH – My Summer With Bowie by Eugene O’Brien as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. With previews from 27th September, the show opens on Friday 29th September until 15th October at The Civic Theatre.

He feels like an alien in his own home town. Single. Loveless. Carer for a Dad who had never shown much care to him.  His only solace the music of Ziggy/the thin white duke/ the man who fell to earth with hisspiders from Mars.  Now Scut Kelly is about to have the most extraordinary summer of his life where fantasy becomes reality.  When fate conspires to grant him face to face time with his idol. The living legend. But can Scut handle this new planet and all its possibilities or will he fall back to earth with a bang.

Starring Stephen Jones (Into The Badlands, Red Rock, Love/Hate, Ripper Street) & (From Eden, Northern Lights, Hue & Cry) with a new TV series coming: Northern Lights (Lionsgate & TG4).

Directed by Jim Nolan

Set Design by Brian Mitchell

Costume Design by Toni Bailey

Lighting Design by Tara Perry

★★★★★ The Arts Review

is devastatingly good…Jones’ accent, tone, gestures, movements articulating Scuts inner and outer worlds. In truth, words fall short when describing Jones’ impeccable performance. Which is a joy and a privilege to behold, and might yet prove to be the performance of the Festival. Excellently written, exceptionally well directed, with a performance from Jones that’s simply out of this world

Sunday Independent Review 08/10/2023

playwright Eugene O’Brien has succeeded admirably in concocting a fantasy that’s utterly credible with Falling to Earth: My Summer with Bowie.

It’s quite beautifully written and equally beautifully (and energetically) played by Stephen Jones. Between writer and actor, the characters in the fantasy are fully three dimensional and come alive as the Man Who Fell to Earth falls to earth for the last time in the shadows of an Irish bog.

Irish Independent

A terrific performance by Stephen Jones lights up this eloquent new solo play by Eugene O’Brien. So this is a play about hero worship and the redeeming power of art. This is daring work from O’Brien….Jones skilfully teases out this complex material.

The Irish Times

At the heart of all this lies the tremendous performance of Jones….a captivating one-man show brought to life by Jones’ vivid performance that is entertaining.


It’s a warm and funny portrayal of life in small-town Ireland, that shows these individuals warts and all. Stephen Jones puts great energy into the script and makes the character of Scut his own.

Duration: 80 minutes. No interval
Age Suitability: parental guidance, contains some strong language.

Supported by The Arts Council