Play to be staged in London

A PLAY about five young women escaping the Irish famine written by local writer Jaki McCarrick is to be staged in London.

A PLAY about five young women escaping the Irish famine written by local writer Jaki McCarrick is to be staged in London.

The new play entitled ‘Belfast Girls’ is about a group of women who seek passage on a ship to Australia in 1850.

For many people on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. However, some girls find they cannot easily escape the memory of their past lives.

The play is directed by McCarrick’s fellow National Theatre Studio graduate and long-term collaborator, Svetlana Dimcovic.

The cast includes Victoria Armstrong, Martha Barnett, Chereen Buckley, Angela Costello and Amy Molloy. ‘Belfast Girls’ is showing in The King’s Head Theatre in London on August 8 and 15 from 10pm.

Last year, McCarrick won the Wasafiri Prize for New Writing for her fictional story ‘The Visit’, which is set in Dundalk.

McCarrick’s story, ‘The Visit’ is set against the backdrop of former United States’ President Bill Clinton’s visit to Dundalk in 2000.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), McCarrick has published poetry, short stories and is an award-winning playwright. Her first play, ‘The Mushroom Pickers’ premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in May 2006, and in New York in 2009.

Her play, Leopoldville, was staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London in April 2009. Leopoldville is also set in Dundalk and based on a murder she remembers hearing about as a child. Leopoldville was shortlisted for the 2009 Kings Cross Award for New Writing. To book online for ‘Belfast Girls’ visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com/without-decor