Kitty and Damnation, a rollicking yarn with bawdy wenches,
comic hi-jinks and tragic mishaps, dramatist Joseph Crilly wants to take
“theatre back to the way it was before TV and cinema”. Set in 1829 against a
backdrop of social and political upheaval, this is a touching exploration of
the passions that drive, destruct and delude the human spirit. At its core is a
moving tale of wanting to better oneself against all the odds.
are some impressive performances. There is the charming and fiesty heroine,
Kitty (Amy Molloy), an aspiring actress from the bogs of Ireland, a wannabe
lothario (Shane Armstrong), the great tragedian Edmund Keane (Edward Kingham)
and a motley collection of snotty, uptight Brits.
story follows Kitty’s efforts to break onto the London stage after an
inspirational encounter with Keane in Belfast. The path of true love and
ambition, however, turns out to be a farcical and ultimately tragic comedy of
This is a
bold and entertaining new work that boasts some terrific comic set-pieces,
lively banter and some strong performances. As Kean, Kingham subtly captures
the actor’s grandiosity and theatricality, resisting the temptation to
over-act, and Molloy makes for an engagingly plucky if slightly bonkers heroine.
the first act is too lengthy and could do with cutting and the Anglo/Irish
political tensions that serve as the backdrop never seem entirely