Planet Belfast review

20130222-110726.jpgPlanet Belfast has started in The Mac and immediately on arrival into the theatre, the set is there! It’s big, modern and ethereal. But the play starts and we are taken into a world of deceit, relationships and passion, centred around Alice MLA, and her husband.

Abigail McGibbon is superb as the vodka loving Green MLA Alice who desperately wants to get pregnant with her husband, but is slowing damaging their relationship by focusing on her work and neglecting their relationship.

Her husband, Martin, played by Paul Kennedy is a published writer working on his new book and has also started a new job. His new boss Danny (Conor Grimes) is a funny character, who is focused on being a victim and of keeping the idea of Northern Ireland victims alive to keep the international funding flowing in.

Martin has become so frustrated with his deteriorating marriage that when an old female friend (Clare played by Tara Lynne O’Neill) appears out of the blue he gets a bit to close to her and then everything changes..and not in the way you expect.

After my interview with the playwright Rosemary last week, I can see so much of her character coming through in this funny, eccentric, political little gem of a play. And as I briefly spoke to Rosemary again at the play, she admits that a little bit of your personality transfers over to your writing and on to stage.

The set design is superb, Rosemary and I both agreed that we want it in our homes!!

Planet Belfast, it’s funny, entertaining, a wee bit sexy, a wee bit political and a whole lot worth going to see.

Planet Belfast is on until 2nd March Upstairs at The Mac. Tickets are currently from £12 and can be purchased from The Mac Box Office or online at


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