Summertime with @tinderboxNI in @TheMACBelfast

Gripping drama Summertime by award-winning playwright David Ireland premieres at the MAC this winter.

Tinderbox Theatre Company in association with the MAC premieres a thought-provoking drama this November which features a host of well-known names and is guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats. Summertime written by David Ireland and directed by Michael Duke is a thrilling, hard-hitting drama performed by an extremely talented Northern Irish cast including Ivan Little. It will be showing in Upstairs at the MAC from Tuesday 5th to Wednesday 16th November.

Belfast-born, David Ireland is one of Northern Ireland’s leading playwrights and this is the first time his work will be performed in the MAC. He is critically acclaimed having won both the Meyer Whitworth Award and the Stewart Parker Radio Drama Award for his last Tinderbox play, ‘Everything Between Us’.

Accomplished actor, journalist and author, Ivan Little will play the part of Joe. Ivan has worked with Tinderbox on a number of acclaimed productions most notably in The Cleanroom by John McCann and God’s Country by Colin Bell. Established actor Richard Clements plays the part of Jonathan, the local minister. Richard trained at the Royal Welsh College and has a wealth of experience including performances with Tinderbox in Caught Red Handed in 2005 and Bruised in 2008.

Working with Tinderbox for the first time, Victoria Armstrong and Ryan McParland, two of Northern Ireland’s rising stars have both had many on and off-screen roles under their belts, including a lead part for Ryan in BBC 1 drama Six Degrees.

Summertime tells the story of Jonathan, who is struggling to establish himself as the local minister in a working class East Belfast parish. One night, a young man named Isaac (Ryan McParland) staggers into his office panicked, drenched in blood and declaring he is possessed by the devil. Jonathan lends an open ear and as he delves further into this young man’s story, he finds himself a target of suspicion in the local community. As things spiral out of control, Jonathan soon finds himself having to make a life or death decision about who he can and cannot trust.

Gillian Mitchell, Director of Programmes at the MAC, commented:

“As one of our Associate Artists, we’ve worked with Tinderbox in two previous productions at the MAC and the company has never shied away from highlighting social issues that are relevant to local audiences. A draft read through of this production was piloted at our Pick n Mix festival to which there was a very positive audience reaction. It’s a intense piece of theatre, by leading playwright David Ireland and an extremely talented cast and one that is sure to move and challenge audiences in all the right ways.”

Michael Duke, Director of Summertime, said: “The MAC is a fantastic theatre and I am delighted to be bringing our next production here. Rehearsals have begun and to work with such an extremely talented cast and writer has been very rewarding. We piloted the rehearsed reading as part of a festival at the MAC during the summer and audience reaction was great. We have since developed it into a two week run at the MAC and are really looking forward to opening it next month.”

Summertime opens at the MAC on 5th November and runs until 16th Nov, tickets priced from £12-17. Tickets are on sale now at www.themaclive.com or from the box office (0)28 90 235053.

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Post Author: Belfast Times

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