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So good I saw it twice: Kathy Burke hails Lyric Theatre production Sadie


Dark drama: Abigail McGibbon plays the title role in the Lyric Theatre’s Sadie

Dark drama: Abigail McGibbon plays the title role in the Lyric Theatre’s Sadie

Dark drama: Abigail McGibbon plays the title role in the Lyric Theatre’s Sadie

Award-winning actress Kathy Burke has praised the Lyric Theatre's new lockdown production, Sadie, saying it was so brilliant, she watched it twice.

The play, written by David Ireland for the Lyric, in association with Field Day Theatre Company, was filmed on the Main Stage in February, as part of BBC Arts 'Lights up' theatre campaign for a new Culture in Quarantine season.

Starring Abigail McGibbon in the title role, Sadie was broadcast on BBC Four on March 31 and then on BBC2 NI, the following night. It will also be available to view for 12 months on BBC iPlayer.

Burke, who has won many accolades, including Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and British Comedy Awards, told her 436,000 Twitter followers that the production was 'amazing' and urged them to give it a watch.

Retweeting a reminder from the Lyric Theatre that the production was still available on iPlayer, Burke wrote: "If you're missing theatre and desperate to see a hard-hitting, brilliantly written play with an amazing cast and a stand out performance from the totally fantastic Abigail McGibbon, then this is for you.

"So good, I've watched it twice."

Directed by Conleth Hill, Sadie is a dark drama set in Northern Ireland last year. Going against lockdown rules, sharp-witted cleaner Sadie develops an intense, dysfunctional relationship with a much younger man, triggering a psychological showdown with the remnant demons of her past.

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A one-night stand with the new office temp (Santino Smith) develops into something much more serious when he reveals he is in love with her. Sadie is flattered but with a long history of terrible relationships, she wonders if it is even possible for her to be happy in love.

She calls upon her long dead uncle (Paddy Jenkins), abusive ex husband Clark (David Pearse) and new therapist Mairead (Andrea Irvine) to help her face some horrifying truths she has kept hidden too long.

Jimmy Fay, Lyric Theatre executive producer, said: "We are thrilled with the reception this powerful play and production is getting online and to see it enjoyed by heroes like Kathy Burke is just magic."

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