The creative team of Martin Lynch, Conor Grimes and Alan McKee, have reunited for the second instalment of our wee country’s history with History of the Peace (accordin to my Ma). A peaceful tale of street protests, riots, guns, bombings and more riots. It’s the sequel to the smash hit The History of the Troubles (according to my Da) which meant for much of the audience, expectations were high.
The World Premiere on Monday night brought out a number of Belfast theatre actors and actresses to experience a show which will surely have a successful run at the Opera House, and like its predecessor, it’ll no doubt come back for more and more future runs.
The story follows Karen Reid a Belfast community worker struggling to keep house and family together in the face of Northern Ireland’s unique form of peace. Through the 1994 ceasefires, the Good Friday Agreement and the ‘fleg’ protests, she believes in a new Northern Ireland.
Karen has the ‘total support’ of her loyal band of friends such as: her dingbat best friend, Stacy, flute band leader, Roberto, Pineapple the paramilitary, Aaron, the serial ‘fleg’ protester and many more.
With stories of new caravan parks, flegs and Irish dancing, History of the Peace takes the mickey out of most politicians and sometimes their wives. What other country would create a scene about a Ministers wife and her alleged escapades in a cafe or in a Mini.
It’s one of those productions where the F*** word generates a lot of laughs, where you judge yourself and think, oh should I laugh at that? But post show I talked to an audience member who isn’t from NI, and who doesn’t know our politics, who, reassuringly thought the show genuinely funny and laughed A LOT.
Character changes happen thick and fast, initially hard to keep up with until you settle in and recognise each ones characteristics. How the cast chop and change accents and characters so fast with barely any errors is beyond me, but they do it incredibly well.
The set is simple, but well utilised. The cast of four were fun to watch and be entertained by.
The show runs from Monday 18th to Saturday 30th April with evening and matinee performances available. Tickets range between £10.75 and £29.75 and can be purchased online at www.goh.co.uk, via telephone on 9024 1919 or in person at the Box Office located in the theatre foyer.