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Belfast playwright has made a drama out of Brexit crisis

Stage show: Rosemary Jenkinson
Stage show: Rosemary Jenkinson
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Prime Minister Theresa May's ongoing bid to secure a Brexit deal will be the focus of a hilarious new stage show coming to Belfast later this month.

With Game of Thrones ending soon, the play suggests the people of Northern Ireland need a way to fill the hole of political drama, squabbling and backstabbing.

Thankfully, Game of Brexit has been renewed indefinitely and serves as the backdrop of another sizzling satire penned by award-winning Belfast playwright and poet Rosemary Jenkinson.

Her latest farce, Mayday!, tells the story of a strong and stable Theresa May, played by Jo Donnelly, in her last-stand attempt to make Brexit happen, no matter what the cost.

Reuniting Jenkinson with director Richard Lavery, Mayday! is the brand new rapid response show from the creators of the four multiple sell-out Michelle and Arlene plays focusing on the relationship between the DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein's deputy leader Michelle O'Neill.

Jenkinson's latest punchy and timely offering serves up a hot take of the only political drama in which nothing happens much more than twice.

Amid the ongoing Brexit impasse, Mayday! finds Theresa May holed up in 10 Downing Street.

Her only companions are her beloved Withdrawal Agreement, her whiskey and, somewhat unusually, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

All around her enemies are plotting but will Brexit mean her exit or will the Dancing Queen find enough fancy footwork to live to fight another day?

The play's creators say their new political hot-take offers both relief from and engagement with the story that has dominated headlines over the last three years, and Mayday! promises to be a hugely entertaining night regardless of your knowledge of politics.

The show will be staged over two nights at the Accidental Theatre in Belfast's Shaftesbury Square on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 at 8pm.

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