Watch out for Derry’s funniest play

The cast of "From the Camp to Creggan. Included, are Shaun Coyle, Pat Lynch, Carmel McCafferty, Seamus Heaney, Gerry Doherty, Bill Waters, Brian foster and Joanne O'Reilly.
The cast of "From the Camp to Creggan. Included, are Shaun Coyle, Pat Lynch, Carmel McCafferty, Seamus Heaney, Gerry Doherty, Bill Waters, Brian foster and Joanne O'Reilly.
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It may not be curtain up for another couple of months but there’s already a buzz about the staging of Derry’s riotous brand new comedy.

In October, the Millennium Forum stages the premiere run of ‘From The Camp To The Creggan,’ from the pen of local playwright, Brian Foster.

Already shaping up as one of the ‘must see’ Forum events of 2013, word is that it may be the funniest, most original play ever seen on a Derry stage.

Brian Foster’s other acclaimed plays include, ‘Maire – A Woman Of Derry’, ‘The Butterfly of Killybegs’, and ‘A Miracle in Ballymore’.

His eagerly anticipated new play is already taking heavy bookings, with the opening night already three-quarters sold out.

The action in ‘From The Camp To the Creggan’ is set in Springtown Camp and Derry’s Guildhall back in 1963.

Their pleas for rehousing ignored, a house in Creggan remains but a dream 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 short nativity play. So Harry sits down and writes a play for the children of ‘The Camp’ to perform.

But with the eight-year-olds played by top adult actors, Gerry Doherty, Carmel McCafferty, Pat Lynch and Bill Waters, this will be a nativity play like no other.

Add Seamas Heaney, Joanne O’Reilly and Shaunsy Coyle to the mix, and the scene is set for a night of politically /religiously incorrect, side-splitting laughter! There are a few tears too, as Foster once again gives us his unique take on Derry working class ‘life and death’ humour.

Brian says: “Audiences will be amazed and delighted by what they will witness on the Forum stage. The play is hugely original. And besides being an hilarious comedy with a superb cast, it’s also a powerful story of human struggle, a testament to the ‘we refuse to lie down’ attitude of generations of Derry folk. It’s a play that will appeal to young and old, men and women. They’ll laugh, they’ll cry, they’ll clap and cheer, they’ll go home exhilarated!”

Brian added: “This is an adult play with strong language and adult themes throughout; definitely not suitable for children, nor for those with an overly sensitive attitude towards religion or politics. So I ask that no-one comes to be offended.”

‘From The Camp To the Creggan’ runs from Wed-Sat, October 16-19. Millennium Forum box office: 02871 264455. Or book at www.millenniumforum.co.uk