Derry play a success in San Francisco

Miche�l Kerrigan, Patricia Byrne, Ed Decker, Jeffrey Hoffman, Richard Giardina and cast on the set of For The Love of Comrades

Miche�l Kerrigan, Patricia Byrne, Ed Decker, Jeffrey Hoffman, Richard Giardina and cast on the set of For The Love of Comrades

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The critically acclaimed Derry theatre production, ‘For the Love of Comrades’ (performed here as ‘Pits and Perverts’) has completed a successful five week run in San Francisco, playing to sold out audiences.

Written by Micheál Kerrigan, with script developed by Patricia Byrne, Artistic Director, Sole Purpose Productions - ‘For the Love of Comrades’ has garnered a host of positive reviews across the pond.

Richard Connema wrote in Talkin’ Broadway, Regional News and Reviews: “For the Love of Comrades is an enthralling production with a splendid cast and perceptive direction by Jeffrey Hoffman.

“First-time playwright Micheál Kerrigan, assisted on script development by Patricia Byrne and Mary Connors, has written a beautiful play with convincing genuine dialogue between the gay persons and the straight coal miners.

“This should play in other gay theatres in this country and possibly Off-Broadway.”

The play was also named as a Theatre Bay Area Recommended Production.

The show toured the UK was performed across Northern Ireland and in Wales and London, for the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike where it was a huge success with standing ovations at every performance.

The play tells the story of Sean who leaves Derry at the height of the Troubles. In 1980s London, he comes out as a gay man and becomes involved in the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group.

Two miners from South Wales come to stay with Sean and his partner not realising they are a gay couple. The events that unfold impacts on all of on all their lives.

A contingent of members from the Foyle Pride Committee and the local community travelled to San Francisco to give their support, as they have done from the very first production in 2013 for the Derry’s City of Culture year.

The play was developed through the highly innovative Sole Purpose LGBT Theatre Labs.