"Blinded by the Light can properly be described as hysterically funny, its wild humour being always on the edge of dementia. It is in many ways a parable of Ireland's referenda years, the years in which the notion of private conscience became impossible, the years of the undermining of that wonderful right defined by the American Supreme Court as "the right to be left alone". The play's hero, Mick, is a Dublin Canute, trying to staunch the flow of the sea as it pours across the threshold of his bedsit in the form of the Mormons, the Legion of Mary, interfering landlords and would-be friends. The comedy is freewheeling, absurd, associative, handled with immense skill and wit by an author whose taste in bad taste is impeccable.
It ziz-zags between theatre of the absurb and kitchen comedy, between farce and social realism in ways that are always highly entertaining." - Irish Times
"A classic piece of Irish comedy. Unless you're dead from the beck up you'll love it." - The Arts Show, RTE
"Manically madcap and hilariously funny, Dermot Bolger's play Blinded by the Light canters in a bawdy romp onto the stage, hearding the arrival of a unique comic writing talent. Energentic, perfectly timed and brilliantly observed, Blinded by the Light works and is a very, very funny play not to be missed. - Irish Press
"Great fun and outrageously funny, Dermot Bolger has a mighty comic talent." - Evening Press
"A circus of sex, drugs, religions, drink and a saint... with the essential impetus for farce - the release and control of madness, all just sitting atop truth. Excellent." - The Cork Examiner
EXISTING PUB DETAILS: Blinded by the Light was first produced by the Abbey Theatre Dublin, on its Peacock stage, on the 6th of March, 1990, directed by Caroline FirzGerald.
The text has been published twice; once in the twin volume April Bright& Blinded by the Light co-published by New Island in Ireland and Nick Hern Books in the UK and again as part of Dermot Bolger: Plays 1 (Methuen)
Applications for any performance, whether by amateur or professional companies, must be made before rehearsals begin. Absolutely no performance may be given unless a license has been obtained