‘Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue’ returns to Derry for one night only

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She’s brash and ballsy and not afraid to say what’s on her mind - and she’s on her way back to Derry.

Maggie Muff, the lead character in Leesa Harker’s smash hit play ‘Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue’ is set to grace the stage at the Millennium Forum for one night only later this month.

And actress Caroline Curran, who first brought the character to life on stage, can’t wait to reprise the role.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage as Maggie,” Caroline, who is set to start rehearsals for the new tour this week, said.

“I haven’t played her since the start of the year and it is always brilliant to get reacquainted with her - and the cast of characters she brings with her.

“My nerves are going again, because it has been a while - but she is such a great character, I love playing her on stage.”

‘Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue’ started life as a parody of those infamous EL James books on Belfast writer Leesa Harker’s Facebook page.

It quickly took off, garnering thousands of followers, and has since been published in book form. The stage show, which started life in Belfast with Caroline in the lead role, has been reproduced throughout the world.

“There is something about Maggie that every girl can relate to. They see something of themselves in her - or they know someone like her.”

The premise of the story is that Maggie, from Belfast, is on the look out for love and finds herself embroiled in a steamy relationship with Mr Red White and Blue - the local dole officer.

The comedy comes thick and fast - and may not be for the faint hearted - but at the heart of the story is a much deeper story of a woman in an abusive relationship - an argument which has been thrown at the original 50 Shades books.

While the comedy hits hard and heavy, the serious moments in the play are also breath-takingly emotional.

“People don’t always know how to react - when the laughter stops. It’s the hardest part of the play to act - but you know you have the audience with you, cheering for Maggie.”

The show has a cast of many characters - but Caroline is the only person you will see on the stage, transforming between being the inimitable Maggie to Mr Red, White and Blue and numerous other unforgettable friends and foe.

“I have to keep concentrating the whole time - think of who I am playing, what is coming next - what stance to adopt. It’s tough going, but I think it works.”

As well as rehearsing for ‘Fifty Shades...’, Caroline is also writing her own play ‘A Big Fat Belfast Christmas’ which will premiere in December.

‘Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue’ will be at the Millennium Forum on September 24.

For tickets visit: www.millenniumforum.co.uk or phone 71264455.