Take a few hankies and go and see The Holy Holy Bus – you will cry with laughter and shed a few tears of emotion as secrets are shared between the four passengers, three Catholics and one loan Prod wanting to see what it was all about.
The story is of Lily (Stella McCusker) and her daughter (Roisin Gallagher); the mother is full of wisdom and naughtiness, the girl is going through a breakup with her bullying husband who blames her for their childless marriage.
Lily isn’t well but still has a spirit of adventure and persuades Sally to go on the parish pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick.
The team leader and bus driver is Perpetua, (Claire Connor) and for her it’s simply a devout Catholic tour of the holiest shrines in Ireland. But as they are about to get into gear and take off, along comes Rita (Caroline Curran) a Shankill Road taxi driver wanting to learn about Mother Ireland, a heart of gold and a mouth full of brilliant one liners.
They certainly have an adventure and it sweeps us along on a wave of laughter but each woman harbours a secret and as the unlikely quartet get closer, the truth comes out.
Written by Pearse Elliott and directed by Tony Devlin, some brilliant one liners – when Sally tells Rita she can’t have children, Rita’s immediate reaction is, ‘have you tried the UVF?’
The play rolls on at a fast pace, short scenes punctuated by songs from Seven Drunken Nights to a beautiful Irish singer with harp accompaniment to Country and Western. There’s a karaoke and we all sing along. The set is simple with four large picture frames reflect where we are in the story, on the motorway, at a nightclub or climbing Croagh Patrick. The sound on opening night was a bit uneven with Curran’s mike making for a harsh effect and we missed some of her funnies.
BrassNeck Theatre Company
The Holy Holy Bus
Lyric Theatre until 20th August 2017