Sitting Up For Michael / 19.05.12
Location: The Playhouse
Date: 19 May 2012
Suitability: Adults, Senior Citizens, Disabled Access, Couples
Omagh-born playwright James McAnespy’s first play Sitting Up for Michael will premiere at The Playhouse, Derry on Saturday May 19th.
The comedy, which McAnespy will be acting in, is a bittersweet comedy about the tensions that arise when the truth comes to the surface, especially when emotions are already high and liberated by drink. Through this prism, Sitting Up for Michael explores themes of family, bereavement, youth unemployment, bullying and many other aspects of 21st century life in Ireland.
“Everyone has been to a wake,” McAnespy said, “and people will recognise the characters in the play that are in every small town in Ireland, so audiences will be able to relate to the action on stage.”
The cast of seven is a blend of youth and experience and is made up of actors from across the province, including some who are making their professional debuts. Brian Kennedy from Strabane plays the grumpy Brian, Marianne March plays his ambitious sister, Benjamin Gould plays the charismatic Joe, Naomi Rocke plays the spiteful Carla, Michael O’Sullivan of Dublin plays the troubled Billy, and Cathy Brennan-Bradley plays the charitable Doris. The director, Helen Donnelly from Newry, has been training in London and is now establishing herself as one of the leading young directors in Belfast.
Following the Playhouse premiere Sitting Up for Michael will play Belfast, Omagh and Strabane.
£11, £8 concessions
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