In Belfast Blues, Geraldine Hughes draws from her memories of growing up in Catholic Belfast in the 1970s and 80s. The one-woman show runs from 4 June to 3 July 2004 (previews from 1 June). From 8 June (preview 7 June), it will run concurrently with Protestants, which also continues until 3 July, with evening performances at 9.15pm.
In Protestants, Rachel O’Riordan directs Paul Hickey (pictured) in the one-man play exploring the essence of Protestantism on a global and historical scale. The first play by Irish novelist Robert Welch (Groundwork), Protestants is the latest production from Belfast-based Ransom Productions, which had a hit at Edinburgh, Soho and in the West End with Hurricane, another one-man play, about snooker champion Alex Higgins.
Further ahead in the summer, Soho will present Lin Coghlan’s new play Mercy, in which a group of mismatched characters are thrown together by the decisions they face as they leave a city ravaged by unexplained flood and fear. Paul Miller (Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads) directs Soho Theatre Company production, which runs from 13 July to 7 August 2004 (previews from 8 July).
- by Terri Paddock