Up-and-coming journalist Dempsey loves his London life – but is suddenly shipped home to Belfast to make a documentary on the changing face of Northern Ireland.
A new play by debut playwright Donal O’Hagan, ‘The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave’, tells his story at The Playhouse this Friday, March 28.
Produced by Accidental Theatre the piece boasts a superb cast, starring Maggie Cronin, (best known for her role in the BBC’s long-running daytime drama ‘Doctors’ and Academy award-winning short film ‘The Shore’); Cillian O’Sullivan, (currently starring in 6Degrees); Noel Magee from the BBC production ‘Betrayal of Trust’, and upcoming Lyric Theatre actor Jason McLaughlin.
The play tells the story of journalist Dempsey’s trip home to Northern Ireland. A Christmas visitor at best, Dempsey has his fingers crossed for a quick job and a leap up the career ladder. But his parents (Tom and Martha) and his oldest school buddy(Mark) have their own agendas for him, and soon Dempsey is forced out from behind his camera. Tom reveals he has a terminal illness and the family is ripped apart when confronted with the issue of euthanasia.
O’Hagan’s Northern Irish stage premiere is a multimedia exploration of homecoming that brings candid insight to issues of family and identity in Northern Ireland. The play asks how far a person can author their own life, and cuts to the heart of core questions we face as individuals: nationality, sexuality, and responsibility for family.
‘The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave’ comes to The Playhouse on Friday March 28. Tickets are £11/ £8 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (28)71268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.