Fringe Benefits are back!

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After a break of 25 years the great Northern Irish Theatre Company Fringe Benefits, are back with a new show, devised by their own cast.

‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ is an original show of devised sketches written and developed by a cast of ten and celebrated Northern Irish theatre director Peter Quigley.

The unique black comedy about life in the 21st Century will come to The Playhouse on Friday, March 4 at 8pm.

The content of the scenes are based on the ideas, views and experiences of Fringe Benefits Theatre Company members from a wide range of backgrounds, age and experience.

One of the most dynamic theatre companies in Belfast in the early 80s, Fringe Benefits boasts an impressive list of previous members, such as Conleth Hill, Michelle Fairley, Richard Orr and many others.

Chair of Fringe Benefits Cathy McCullough said she was delighted to be back on the road and working with Peter Quigley, who has nearly 40 years of experience in theatre at home and abroad under his belt.

“After a break of 25 years Fringe Benefits re-emerges with a great show, devised by the company and with a cast that includes some experienced actors and some who have only been on stage a few times. This is what Fringe Benefits is all about, developing talent and providing people with opportunities they cannot easily access elsewhere.”

Max Beer fundraising officer at The Playhouse said: “This hour long show is made up of a fabulous array of fantastic personal stories of growing up in Northern Ireland. We are just delighted to see Fringe Benefits back on tour again with such a strong piece of unique comedy!”

People are advised that some scenes and language may offend.

Tickets for ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ on Friday, March 4 at 8pm are £11/£8 and are available online at or by contacting The Playhouse box office on (028)71 268027.