Bridget O’Connor’s multi award-winning black comedy The Flags opens at Royal Court Liverpool in two weeks. Manchester’s Royal Exchange artistic director Greg Hersov will be visiting the Court for the first time to direct the show following two sell out runs in two years at the Exchange.

The cast for the show has been announced and Liverpool favourite Andrew Schofield is joined by two of the actors from the original production Kieron Cunningham and Eamonn Owens (who is best known for his roles in The Butcher’s Boy, The General and The Magdelene Sisters). Jessica Regan, who will be working with Hersov for the first time, completes the cast. The set will be designed by Laurie Dennett.

The two main characters are lifeguards JJ (Schofield) and Howie (Owens) and their beach has been voted the second worst in Ireland. They are looking to get away from this deserted stretch and are applying for two vacant posts at the prestigious Banna Strand beach. They must impress Brendan (Cunningham), the director of Leisure Services, to win the post but their chances won’t be helped by the unstable jilted bride Ursula (Regan) who is hunting for a stretch of beach where she can end it all.

The Flags runs from 29 May to 27 June 2009.