Last October, Derry’s Millennium Forum Theatre staged the premiere run of ‘from THE CAMP to THE CREGGAN’, a brand new riotous comedy from the pen of Derry’s most popular playwright, Brian Foster. It instantly became the ‘must see’ event of 2013, with nearly 4,000 people flocking to buy tickets.
The buzz on the streets afterwards was that it was by far the funniest and most original play ever seen on any Derry stage. Such was its impact that many audience members queued at the box office the following day to buy tickets to see it again. Indeed quite a few returned to see it three and even four times!
The Derry Journal’s news editor, Erin Hutcheon, wrote in her glowing review … ‘The funniest thing I’ve ever seen on a Derry Stage … ‘The crowd practically had to scoop themselves off the floor at the end from convulsing with laughter … Quite simply, Brian Foster has created another masterpiece … They’ll be talking about this play for years to come’.
Brian Foster’s other acclaimed plays include, Maire a Woman of Derry, The Butterfly of Killybegs, and A Miracle in Ballymore.
The action in ‘from THE CAMP to THE CREGGAN’ is set in Springtown Camp (a collection of 300 tin huts abandoned on the edge of Derry by US Forces after WW2) and Derry’s Guildhall back in 1963. Their pleas for rehousing ignored, a house up in the huge new estate of Creggan remains but a pipedream for ‘The Camp’s’ forgotten residents. So firebrand socialist father of five,
Harry Kelly, comes up with an audacious plan to show up the ‘faceless men’ of Derry’s political establishment to the outside world. Communities across the city have been invited to enter a Christmas competition, to be held in the Guildhall, to find the best new Nativity Play. So Harry sits down and writes a play for the local children of ‘The Camp’ to perform.
But with the eight-year-old kids played by top adult actors, Gerry Doherty, Carmel Mc Cafferty, Pat Lynch and Bill Waters, this will be a nativity play like no other. Add Seamas Heaney, Rachel Melaugh and Shaunsy Coyle to the mix, and the scene is set for a night of politically and religiously incorrect, side-splitting laughter! Plus a few tears too, as Brian Foster once again gives us his unique take on Derry working class ‘life and death’ humour.
Brian says: ‘Audiences were amazed and delighted at what they saw on stage. The play is hugely original. And besides being an hilarious comedy with a superb cast, is also a powerful story of human endeavour.”
Not to be missed! Tickets already flying!
‘From THE CAMP to THE CREGGAN’runs from Tuesday 21 to Sat 25 October in the Millennium Forum.
Box office: 02871 264455. Or book online at: www.millenniumforum.co.uk.
Special opening night offer – all seats £12.50