Enda Walsh's debut play The Ginger Ale Boy is cabaret-style piece about a ventriloquist who has a nervous breakdown. It was written for Corcadorca Theatre Company and first performed by the company at the Granary Theatre, Cork, on 30 March 1995 (previews from 27 March).
The play traces the story of Bobby, an ordinary young man who discovers he has talent and ambition, but that there are other forces that may conspire to deprive him of his dreams.
The Corcadorca premiere was directed by Pat Kiernan and designed by Pat Kiernan and Harry Moore, with an original score for string quartet by Eoghan Horgan. The cast was Eanna Breathnach, Bríd Ní Chionola, Fiona Peek, Myles Horgan, Sorcha Carroll, Valerie Coyne, Dominic Moore, Anita Cahill, Christine Utzeri and Michael McCabe.
The play marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship between Walsh and the company, in particular director Pat Kiernan, who nurtured Walsh's early writing career.