Controversial character Maggie Muff is set to return with a brand new touring production, Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen which opens at the Grand Opera House from 7 to 22 April.
As the sequel to the hugely successful 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue; Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen is the brain child of writer Leesa Harker, and once again stars Caroline Curran as Maggie Muff.
Leesa Harker has recently set up her own production company, Red Brick Road Productions, and together with Director, Andrea Montgomery, will be bringing Dirty Dancin in le Shebeen to venues throughout Northern Ireland.
Leesa Harker commented “Now that Maggie Muff has been all over the world with my first play, I’m so excited to be bringing her back home to Belfast where it all began.
“I realised quite quickly after 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue that a high percentage of the audience had never been to the theatre before seeing my play. I asked people why they were ‘theatre virgins’ and got responses such as ‘theatre is not for the working–class’ and ‘it’s all one-sided political plays’ and ‘there’s nothing for young people’. I realised I had the potential to make theatre more accessible to those people who felt excluded and so, I decided to set up my own production company.”
Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen will be the first big project for Red Brick Road Productions Ltd, set up by Leesa in 2013 after she spotted a gap in the Northern Ireland market for a young dynamic company to produce plays for a mixed audience.
With a strong female team in Leesa as writer and producer, Belfast actress Caroline Curran, who wowed audiences and critics alike as the original Maggie and Andrea Montgomery on board as director, this latest play looks set to be another huge success.
Montgomery and Curran have previously worked together on a number of local productions and are delighted to be teaming up again.
Leesa Harker first met Montgomery in 2013 after she wrote and directed The Ulster Kama Sutra and really admired her work. Leesa follows Montgomery’s philosophy that ‘Maybe there’s a new post-vagina-monologues generation of female comedy writers emerging.’
“I have the ultimate female dream-team working on this play and we are a new tour de force for comedy in Northern Ireland,” says Leesa. “Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen is recommended for adults only – young, old and all those in between: males, females and those not quite sure- Prods, Greeners, Buddhists and Hare Krishna’s. Sense of humour and a love for all things ‘Norn Iron’ are a must!”
• Grand Opera House Belfast, Mon 7th – Tues 22nd April 02890 241919 www.goh.co.uk
• Millennium Forum Derry, Sat 19th April 02871 264455 www.millenniumforum.co.uk
• The Market Place Theatre Armagh, Weds 23rd April 02837 521821 www.marketplacearmagh.com
• Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, Thurs 24th April 02892 50925 www.tickets.lisburncity.gov.uk
• Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Fri 25th April 02877 760650 www.roevalleyarts.com
• Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey, Sat 26th – Sun 27th April 02890 340202