American run for Foster’s ‘The Butterfly of Killybegs’

Brian Foster, playwright. DER3313SL06 Photo: Stephen Latimer
Brian Foster, playwright. DER3313SL06 Photo: Stephen Latimer

A Derry playwright has received word that one of his dramas is to be staged in the United States.

Brian Foster’s acclaimed comedy, ‘The Butterfly of Killybegs’, is to receive a production run in Chicago and Florida in April and May.

Brian, naturally, is over the moon at the news.

He told the ‘Journal’: “‘I was approached totally out of the blue by an Irish American drama company, The Gaelic Park Players, who’d somehow gotten hold of the script of ‘The Butterfly of Killybegs’, loved it, and wanted to do a production in April in Chicago, then in May down in Miami, Florida.

“The Butterfly is quite dear to me as it was my first ever professional production when staged by Belfast’s Lyric Theatre quite a few years back now. It starred the late great John Hewitt who many will remember played a lead role in the ‘Billy’ television drama series with Kenneth Branagh.

“Of course, it’s great doing your plays in front of home audiences in Derry. But it’s also nice to think that audiences many thousands of miles away will be sitting down to enjoy something you wrote.

“I would like to have gone over to Chicago to see the production, but I’m tied up this year with so many projects that it simply wouldn’t be possible. Still, my heart will be there with them.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have already had my plays run in London, Canada, America and Australia, but it’s always a lovely boost to get word of a new overseas production,” added Brian.

‘The Butterfly of Killybegs’ is a comedy which focuses on provincial life and takes a humourous and desperate look at the fear of isolation, loneliness - and rats!

One of the many projects keeping Brian busy here in Derry this year is the eagerly anticipated second run of his new play of last year, “From The Camp to The Creggan.”

By far the most successful play of the 2013 City of Culture Year, the hilarious “From the Camp to The Creggan” had capacity audiences literally squealing with laughter and up on their feet at the end to give standing ovations night after night.

The play returns to the Millennium Forum for a five-night run from Tuesday, October 21 to Saturday, October 25.

Tickets are on sale now at – or by ringing the Forum Box Office: 02871 264455. Special reduced rate for opening night only.