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The Course [Paperback]

Brendan O'Carroll
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1 Sep 1996
An assorted group of no-hopers sign on for a Positive Mental Attitude course run by a conman -- but then the bona fide American supervisor arrives, threatening to shut down the course unless five out of six participants pass the test. The participants -- including a prostitute, a resting actor, a golf widow -- rise to the challenge, with unexpected results. High farce and a feelgood ending.

Brendan O'Carroll's first play which he wrote, directed and starred in.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press (1 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086278493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862784935
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A great show' (Gay Byrne - The Late Late Show)

'this massively funny romp is a winner all the way. It would be a crime to miss it' (Liverpool Echo)

'tears ran down my face with laughter - brilliant' (Manchester Evening News)

About the Author

Now author, actor/director/ script-writer, playwright, video star as well as stand-up comic, the Brendan O’Carroll story begins very modestly.

The youngest of eleven children, Brendan O’Carroll was born in Dublin’s inner-city in 1955. His mother, Maureen was a Labour TD (MP) and a huge influence on his life. He left school at 12 and worked as a waiter, trying many other occupations in his spare time - disco manager, milkman, pirate radio disc-jockey, painter-decorator etc.

For a time he ran his own bar and cabaret lounge before being persuaded to try the comedy circuit. The gigs were small at first and even included his own version of ‘Blind Date’, but word soon got round about this original and outrageous funnyman and then there was standing-room only.

The real turning point in Brendan’s career was his first appearance on The Late Late Show, Ireland’s longest-running chat show, also shown weekly on Channel 4 in the UK. The studio audience and the viewers loved him. His first video Live at the Tivoli went straight to No 1, knocking U2 out of the top slot and pushing Garth Brooks to No 3. In 1994 he was voted Ireland’s No 1 Variety Entertainer at the National Entertainment Awards.

He went on to make 4 top-selling videos, and a bestselling record, as well as touring in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

The radio show Mrs Browne’s Boys, written by and starring Brendan, had a phenomenal daily audience on 2FM and led to the creation of Agnes Browne as the central character in Brendan’s first novel, The Mammy, published in 1994. The book topped the bestseller charts in Ireland for months and the film rights were snapped up. The Mammy is now also available as a talking book.

The sequel to The Mammy, entitled The Chisellers, published in 1995, was also a long-running bestseller, and the final book in the trilogy, The Granny, (1996) went straight to No 1 in the Irish Bestseller list; the first print-run sold out immediately.

Meanwhile Brendan wrote a play, The Course, which had a five-month sell-out run in Dublin in 1995/96 and has toured in England (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool) and Scotland as well as in Canada.

Brendan can be seen on the big screen in the film of Roddy Doyle’s The Van, in which he plays alongside Colm Meaney of Star Trek and The Snapper fame. His performance has been described by the critics as 'spot-on'. He also hosts a quiz show on RTE - Hot Milk and Pepper.


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3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A PRESENT. 16 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I CAN'T GIVE YOU A REVIEW AS I BOUGHT IT FOR SOMEONE FOR CHRISTMAS.
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY ABOUT IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Sep 2013
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Would use seller again. Excellent service, delivery came on time and item was as described - cant wait to use
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Script 5 Mar 2013
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I imagined this to be another novel but it turns out to be a script for a play. Great if you want to put on a play but not easy reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just not funny 8 Oct 2012
By jackcj
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A very disappointing script and as a fan of Brendon O'Carroll's, I so wanted it not to be. I can only comment on this from reading the script; I have not seen the play performed. I just couldn't sympathise with any of the characters, most of which are intensly annoying. Full of bad language as you might expect but it doesn't add anything to the story or the characters.
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