Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

When loyalty takes on a new identity

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Tonight -amp; tomorrow, 8pm

Sunday, 3pm

If you'd had a flutter on which local playwright would next work with Irish language company Aisling Ghear, the odds are that Gary Mitchell wouldn't have been top of the list. Mitchell, whose powerful dramas are set deep within the world of loyalism, has seen his new play, Love Matters, translated into Irish for its world premiere.

Hands across the barricades, and who'd have thought it?

We can measure progress in Northern Irleland not only through politics, but also through art.

Billed as a tragi-comedy, Love Matters centres around Big Ernie, who is due for release from prison - back to the estate from whence he came, where life has continued.

But things have changed big time since he last strode the streets of Rathcoole. While he's been behind bars, his wife has been seeing the 18-year-old son of the detective who put him there. Set against a feud between loyalists and the PSNI, Love Matters tackles a whole range of themes surrounding loyaIty, trust and forgiveness.

The performance is in Irish, with a live translation into English. Expect fireworks, fury and the odd gunshot, in this unusual presentation of life on the front line in a working-class estate, written by someone from one side of the peace wall, and produced by those from the other side.

See www.lyrictheatre.co.uk for details.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

You feel optimistic and for good reason. An admirer has been trying to win your heart. All this attention is flattering. If you're single, keep playing hard to get. The more you resist, the more they'll persist. Are you already in a relationship? Start pursuing a cherished dream. Fulfilling your heart's desire will make you a better partner and friend. Dwelling on what might have been will just make you bitter. Take a risk. It's better to try and fail than be paralysed by fear.More