Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play, Here Comes The Night opens at the Lyric this weekend for a four week run.
The play, set in 1966 and 2016 is a playful, thrilling and hilarious take on love, family and loyalties, asking important questions about our identity and remembrance.
Here Comes The Night tells the story of Vincent and Mary Gallagher living in East Belfast in November 1966. Vincent is trying to finish his short story based on the Easter Rising, but Mary and the local priest want him to stop writing, fearing the reaction to such an explosive story.
Act 2 takes place in the same house in the present day, where Marta, a Polish immigrant, and her husband Jim now live. Marta and Jim want to be left to settle into their home, but their hopes of a quiet life are threatened when the Culture Minister Donna Ni Duineachair arrives with a plan to resurrect the memory of Vincent Gallagher, and bring the shadows of the past back to their home.
Starring an all Belfast cast including Kerri Quinn (Educating Rita), Michael Condron (The 39 Steps), Lyric stalwart Niall Cusack (The Crucible), Susan Davey (Philadelphia, Here I Come!) and Thomas Finnegan making his Lyric Theatre debut. The production is directed by the Lyric’s Executive Producer Jimmy Fay who said, “I’m delighted that Rosemary’s new play will have its premiere at the Lyric. This is a very funny play that makes you think about the importance of home and family, and about how the past impacts on the present, and Rosemary has done a fantastic job of capturing Belfast in 1966 and 2016”.
Rosemary Jenkinson added, “It was great to look at ‘66 with its fun new philosophy of sexual freedom, but behind all that, I discovered there were serious rumblings in the city. It’s even been argued that the Troubles began that very year. I set the play in November when things were somewhat calmer, but the tension had been sparked off that year by the large republican parades to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising.”
Here Comes The Night runs on the Danske Bank Stage at the Lyric Theatre from 23 Apr to 14 May. Tickets range from £10 – £24.50. To book or for further information go to www.lyrictheatre.co.uk or Telephone Lyric Box Office on 028 90381081.