Nettle Horse in London

The unexpectedness of the “Nettle Horse” adventure took a new turn when I was invited to bring the show to the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith London, 1st & 2nd June 2024. It is hard to express how delighted I am or how significant these shows are for me; when i was seventeen i left Donegal…

It was a miserable October morning in 1977 when myself and Paddy Stevenson emerged from the depths of the Angel tube station into the dawn smog of Islington with the address of a squat on a scrap of paper. I put any notions of being a performer on the back burner as it was obvious i was urgently needed on the building sites to participate in the noble work of “building up and tearing England down”. Breaking ice on water barrels to knock up some muck for brickies in White City, battling the wind on scaffolding with plasterboard on the Seven Sisters Rd, or knocking old horse-hair plaster down on top of my head in the Victorian basements of Bethnal Green; my contribution to the architectural legacy of London may have been modest but vital nevertheless and Bob Geldoff didn’t sweat half as much to get his OBE.
Now i’m going back to London with “Nettle Horse”, this time i won’t get distracted. All the old navvies i worked with are hodding in heaven and due to obvious physical limitations will be unable to attend. So i’m asking you my sweet smelling socialites, ex-squatters and assorted odd balls to send a postcard to the friends and family beyond in England and tell them to go to “Nettle Horse” as there will no doubt be much craic. alternatively if you can manage it come over yourself, it’s on a bank holiday weekend 1st and 2nd June. Long story short i have to sell 360 tickets so we’d all want to shape up a bit xx

Nettle Horse On Tour!

Nettle Horse Touring!

National Tour 2024

‘Nettle Horse’ written and performed by Little John Nee

In the very near future Mink Devine is selling edible beetles in a field full of horses; timber homes are being erected at alarming speed and a Boston heiress has just got planning permission to build a pyramid in the West of Ireland.

Electric cars whisper all through the night in an endless procession west towards the fields where gangs of carpenters sleep ten to a tent; new homes are about to be built; the smell of horses fills the air. Little John Nee’s magical new musical comedy is inhabited by characters you wish you’d met years ago, including Dandilion Ní Houlihan the mysterious 103 year old Boston benefactor who is about to make a change.

A transformative theatrical odyssey weaving storytelling, original music, song, visuals and satire, inviting you to step into a parallel universe and witness the magic of your own imagination.

Little John Nee is an award winning writer, performer and musician based in the west of Ireland. He has developed a unique style of musical storytelling theatre that can be simultaneously hilarious and heart-breaking, winning him both national and international recognition.

Venues and Dates:

Cork Arts Theatre, Cork City 10th-13th January 

Glór, Ennis Co. Clare 17th January 2024 

Town Hall Theatre Galway 18th January 2024 

Wexford Arts Centre 25th January 2024 

Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge Co. Kildare 30th January 2024

St John’s Theatre, Listowel Co Kerry 1st February 2024

An Grianán, Letterkenny, Co Donegal 3rd February 2024 

Linenhall Castlebar, Co.Mayo 7th February 2024  

Draoícht, Blanchardstown, Dublin 9th February 2024 

Backstage, Longford 15th February 2024

Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Leitrim 16th February 2024

Check back soon for booking information.

Nettle Horse

I’m working on my new show “Nettle Horse” so I’m in that world, meeting all sorts. Today i made the acquaintance of Betty Brigid de Lacey-Clitheroe, she’s 103 years old and wields a lot of influence. I myself am enjoying having a bit of influence over events here before these weirdos hijack it all, there\s a lot of them and they’re all pretty driven so it’s only a matter of time till i’m running after them trying to keep up.The first show will be in November 2022 Thank you, I’ll keep you posted

Painting by Philip Lindey.

nettle horse

on his telephone


i was always fond of spending time in my garage. always liked garages. so it was that i had made my garage into a rehearsal space and basic home studio, then when the pandemic came and all the theatres closed down and all my work disappeared i decided i would create my own little theatre in the garage. of course there could be no audience. it would be a pretend theatre; broadcasting a weekly live show but always doomed to fail in it’s aspiration to be a theatre. a real theatre requires the physical presence of a live audience with their wild imaginations and curious odours.
the show is called “on his telephone” and i enjoy it very much. the people who tune in every week and pretend to be the audience are as fine an audience as you could possibly wish for and i i think we have fun. the world has changed and is changing still.
Every Thursday night from now until i don’t know when at 8pm Irish summer time, that’s 3pm in New York, noon in San Francisco, 9pm in Berlin, Marseille and Naples, Friday 4am in Tokyo and 7am Auckland you can watch the show live by clicking onto my facebook page link below. You can also find all the previous shows there.


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i’ll be performing as part of Culture Ireland #IrelandPerforms on Tuesday 19th May at 12.30pm Irish time. “Small Halls in Cyberspace” is a lucky bag of songs from my touring show “Small Halls and Potholes” which is in turn a compendium of songs and stories from my repertoire of theatre shows. i have a great grá for driving down narrow country roads in summer and doing shows in the magical small halls that are scattered throughout rural Ireland. While all that is on hold i’m discovering cyberspace has some nice boreens too. And the same as the small halls the audience bring half the magic with them. looking forward to Tuesday. the show will be streamed from my little john nee facebook page

Radio Rosario “thereviewshub”

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Radio Rosario – The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Writer: Little John Nee

Directors: Laura Sheeran and Little John Nee

Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy 

“I’m a singer. If I don’t sing, I get sick”.

Valve Hegarty is a singer, he spends his weekends singing cabaret at a bar by the sea in Galway City. He also works, reluctantly, at a studio, creating jingles for advertisements. This is a clear waste of Hegarty’s vast imagination.

The show, performed in full by Little John Nee, is in familiar territory. Nee has had success in the past with his style of storytelling through music and this show is no different. The set, designed by Triona Lillis, hints at a space devoid of era. It could be the 1940s, or it could be the 2040s. Laura Sheeran’s video art and the music and sound design (Sheeran, Nee, and Tommy McLaughlin) add to this sense of timelessness.

Nee himself is full of energy and the language of this production is evocative and poetic. His character, Valve, is likeably odd, an eccentric who has multiple strange adventures throughout this show. One such adventure forms the crux of the tale, a visit to the old Connemara Marconi Wireless Station. On this journey he encounters the ghostly sounds of the past. One of these ghosts is Rosario.

Rosario is a young girl filled with imagination and she uses her (almost magical) radio channel to tell the world everything she knows. These flashes of childlike wonder are mirrored in Nee’s portrayal of the soft-spoken Valve.

As flashes of information signalling the rise of historical fascism also pepper the piece, and giving the audience clues as to where in time the piece currently sits, these whimsical interludes form an interesting juxtaposition. There is an intentional prescience to this piece and Nee tackles it head on, drawing from current world events to accelerate this theme. The piece begs the question, what do you do when even imagination is being commodified?

Nee’s songs are the key to the storytelling, and help to create a fuller picture of this strange and timeless world. Nee also cautions us, encouraging us to learn from the past: “If love is losing what are you going to do? Start hating just so you can be on the winning side?”

Radio Rosario is a play about the power of imagination and the hope that it can bring. A must see.

Runs until 9th September 2017 and from 28th-29th September as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival | Image: Laura Sheeran