A new play at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is called Can’t Forget About You by David Ireland.
It’s a comedy directed by Conleth Hill.
According to the publicity material it touches on themes such as “grief, loss, sexual mores, cultural identity and Northern Ireland politics.
The play, “Contains scenes of a sexual nature, bad language and Ulster-Scots,” so it’s only suitable for over18s. It’s thoughtful of the Lyric to warn us about the Ulster-Scots. Bad language and scenes of a sexual nature are bad enough but Ulster-Scots is something else. I have often included codology Ulster-Scots (is there really any other kind?) in this column. Now I realise I should have had the Journal issue a warning in advance. It was thoughtless of me. Obviously, Ulster-Scots, like bad language and scenes of a sexual nature can be unsettling to those of a refined and sensitive disposition.
I was going to write about Tory education minister Michael Gove but immediately I lost the will to live, so here’s something completely different.
A recent letter in a Belfast paper suggested that “this country,” needs a new name “that everyone can unite around.” His preferred option was “Norland.” That’s so absurd it’s surreal, I thought. Imagine Peter Robinson as the First Minister of “Norland” instead of “Northern Ahland”!
But, on second thoughts, the writer has a point. This place does need a new, or rather an old name that we can unite around. That name is Ireland, of course.