Standing ovation for cast as Foster play captures the heart of Derry

Brian Foster, centre, pictured with the cast of his comedy ��From the Camp to the Creggan�" at the Millennium Forum, from left, Rachel Melaugh, Shaun Coyle, Pat Lynch, Gerry Doherty, Seamus Heaney and Bill Waters. DER4314-101KM
Brian Foster, centre, pictured with the cast of his comedy ��From the Camp to the Creggan�" at the Millennium Forum, from left, Rachel Melaugh, Shaun Coyle, Pat Lynch, Gerry Doherty, Seamus Heaney and Bill Waters. DER4314-101KM

From the Camp to the Creggan has them roaring with laughter … again!

From the Camp to the Creggan has them roaring with laughter … again!

On Tuesday night a capacity audience in the Millennium Forum gave Brian Foster’s hilarious play from the Camp to the Creggan a lengthy standing ovation at the end of the first of its five-night run. They clapped, roared and cheered, applauding what must surely be the funniest, bawdiest, cheekiest play ever to grace a Derry stage. Throughout the play’s ninety-minute duration, laughter thundered from scene to scene as possibly the finest cast of local actors ever assembled worked their magic up on the big stage. At the interval, people staggered out for a much needed break, many clutching their sides with having laughed so much.

A delighted Brian Foster said afterwards, ‘Opening nights are always a time for frayed nerves. Even with the play going down so fantastically well last year, you still wonder if it will receive the same audience reaction second time round. But we needn’t have worried. Many people who saw it last year actually commented to me afterwards that they found it even funnier this year.

“The story takes us back fifty years to early 1960s Derry to follow the journey of the Kelly family of Springtown Camp. ‘The Camp’, as it was commonly known, was a collection of 300 tin huts on the outskirts of Derry abandoned by the US Navy after World War 2. Left empty and derelict, these were quickly squatted into by families desperate to escape the overcrowded slums of the Bogside, Brandywell etc. The Kelly’s vision of ‘the promised land’ consists of a wee house up in the newly built Creggan estate, with an indoors toilet and bit of garden for the wains to play out in. Audiences laugh and cry at the struggles of Harry Kelly to achieve a touch of dignity for his growing family. And split their sides laughing at the crazy antics of a group of eight-year-old Springtown Camp kids (all played by top local adult actors, Gerry Doherty (Shugo), Carmel Mc Callion (Shitty Kitty), Pat Lynch (Paddy Pee The Bed) and Bill Waters (Matty Devlin) as they act out not one, but two ‘spoof’ Nativity scenes.’

Brian stresses that from The Camp to the Creggan may not be a play for everyone. It contains strong language throughout, and takes a hugely irreverent attitude towards sex, religion and politics. So if someone is a bit sensitive about any of these, then he would prefer that they didn’t come to be offended. But for those keen to savour a veritable a feast of ‘no prisoners taken’ comedy, come and see this and you’re in for an absolute rollercoaster of laughter.

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