In October last year, cheers could be heard resounding from The Lyric Theatre as the audience rose to their feet to express their appreciation for a powerful new play which made an impact on all who saw it. The critically acclaimed Pits and Perverts by Micheál Kerrigan, with script development by Patricia Byrne, toured theatres in Northern Ireland last year, receiving standing ovations and rave reviews.
Sole Purpose Productions in association with The Rainbow Project, are delighted to announce that it’s back for 2014, after touring Wales and London for the 30thAnniversary of the Miners’ Strike.
Director Patricia Byrne said “The play has had a wonderful reception in Wales and London, with more standing ovations and encores at every performance.”
Pits and Perverts is set in 1984 in Thatcher’s Britain. It tells the uplifting true story of the birth of the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group and how two seemingly averse communities came together to support each other. The play follows the story of Sean, who leaves Derry at the height of the Troubles. He moves to London where he comes out as a gay man and becomes involved in supporting the 1980s strike. Two miners from South Wales come to stay with Sean and his partner, not realising they are a gay couple. The events that unfold impact on all their lives. The play highlights the power of community.
The outstanding cast from last year have reprised their roles for this year’s tour: Conor Maguire, Patrick Buchanan, Orla Mullan, Jason Davies, Michael Johnston and Alex Wilson. Everyone involved with the production are delighted that it is back for 2014 and to mark this anniversary. We can all remember the strike of the 1980s but few are aware of the impact the gay community’s involvement had, raising much needed funds for the struggling Welsh miners and their families.
Mike Jackson, one of the founding members of the LGSM said of the play “Pits and Perverts is wonderful, embracing so much important detail, so much historical truth, the pain and the joys. A masterpiece expression of all that LGSM was about”.
The production has been made possible by funding from the Derry Legacy Programme, the Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Fund, the Arts Council of England National Lottery Fund, the National Union of Mineworkers and other trades unions. Director of Legacy with Derry City Council, Oonagh McGillion, said: “I am delighted to see the return of this powerful production, which was so warmly received as part of the city’s cultural programme for 2013. The play celebrates cultural diversity and highlights a pivotal moment in social history for the Lesbian and Gay Community in the telling of this fascinating story. Derry City Council remains committed to supporting and nurturing emerging local talent as part of the city’s cultural legacy.”
See Pits and Perverts at The Lyric Theatre 8th – 11th October at 8pm, to book contact the box office on 028 9038 1081 or at www.lyrictheatre.co.uk