Review: Handbag Positive

Handbag Positive, the latest play by Donna O’Connor opened in the Studio at the Waterfront Hall this weekend.

It’s Saturday night and we enter the Waterfront foyer to what felt like a big party. It seems the audience had arrived for a great night out. Into the studio and the Mexican wave began!

Set in a busy A&E dept, two childhood friends bump in to each other while their mums have been admitted in to hospital. They haven’t seen each other for years, so during the long wait in A&E, they reminisce about their younger days in the 70’s when the Bay City Rollers where their idols.

And so begin the Belfast gegs, as local humour and culture keep us entertained through numerous flashback scenes to their youth.

Alexandra Ford and Christina Nelson are brilliantly funny on stage and the craic is ninety and a laugh a minute as they re-enact characters and situations from years gone by, while every so often, Bay City Rollers tunes blast out into the studio. And when the songs start, the audience are more than ready to clap and sing along to the songs of their own youth.


There’s a touch of sadness in amongst the comedy moments as the friends reminisce about missed opportunities and lives not quite turning out as planned. But we can all relate to how life just takes over and you just have to do what needs done.

This little beauty of a comedy will brighten up your week and leave you beaming from ear to ear and sure at only £12.50 a ticket, why wouldn’t you head out to the Waterfront and have an absolute ball!

Handbag Positive runs at the Watefront Studio 16th – 30th October, box office 028 9033 44 55 or


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