Paddy the Cope

West Lothian meets West Donegal as shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) returns to his native sod to spread social revolution, imbued with the co-operative principles he’s learned in Scotland

Paddy the Cope

About Paddy the Cope

West Lothian meets West Donegal as shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) returns to his native sod to spread social revolution, imbued with the co-operative principles he’s learned in Scotland. In cahoots with the Fairy Fiddler of Cleendra (Sue Muir), he takes on the Gombeen merchants, Dublin Castle, the British Army and the Black and Tans in the process.

A tale of lyricism and beauty, childhood slavery and industrial struggle, colourful adventure and comic cantraips, of love, hope and faith in common humanity – and of success against all the odds. And all of it quite true!

Age 12+

Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021

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