Two years ago I interviewed Belfast playwright Rosemary Jenkinson ahead of her play, Planet Belfast in The Mac. We chatted a lot about being Civil Servants and joked about her being a cougar. Then a few days later I got to see Planet Belfast and my review described it as ‘funny, entertaining, a wee bit sexy, a wee bit political and a whole lot worth going to see’.
Here we are two years later and Rosemary is moving into The Lyric theatre to bring us her latest creation, a play about Northern Ireland’s healthcare crisis, Stitched Up.
Rosemary has drawn on her own personal experience with the local NHS to write c21 Theatre Company’s latest production.
The play focuses on Aidan, a surgeon in the NHS, who is reaching melting point in his career. His wife, Kate, a high profile peace-facilitator is meanwhile preoccupied with her campaign to remove the peace walls in Belfast. Their passionate relationship is juxtaposed by the differences developing between their careers. It also features the complexities of the Northern Ireland landscape, not to mention the arrival of Ruairi, who forces Aidan to make a life or death decision.
As well as producing what sounds like a great play, c21 have got a stellar team on board!
Stephen Kelly, co-founder of c21 Theatre Company is making his directorial debut and his cast includes Richard Clements who recently starred in ‘The Fall’, Roisin Gallagher also in ‘The Fall’ as well as the BBC One show ‘Doctors’ and Darren Franklin who has acted across theatre and television.
Stitched Up will be at the Lyric Theatre between 17 February and 21 February 2015.
Our review is now available to read here.
Tickets are on sale now at the Lyric Theatre box office contact 028 9038 1081 or online via www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.