Funny and heartbreaking show comes to Down Arts Centre

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
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‘The Belfast story that will break your heart’ – Two Sore Legs by Brenda Murphy, directed by Martin Lynch, comes from a triumphant 4 and 5-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Down Arts Centre at 8pm on Saturday 12th September. Two Sore Legs kneeling landscapeSet in 1950’s and 60’s Belfast, Two Sore Legs tells the true story of playwright Brenda Murphy’s mother Bridie, a young Butlin’s Redcoat, who had six children with a married man that lived around the corner with his other family. The play explores the scandal, the pain, the joy and the fall-out from this extraordinary family arrangement and what it meant for Brenda, her siblings and, of course, her mother. From the rowdy, fractious relationship Bridie had with her own father to the explosive but hilarious visits of the local Parish Priest wanting to take her young children from her, this play is dripping with the most explicit family emotions and experiences. In a dynamic performance, described by BBC Radio Ulster as ‘a tour de force’, actress Maria Connolly purrs, struts, weeps and explodes around the stage in equal measure. Celebrated Irish playwright Martin Lynch, who directed the play, commented, “I couldn’t not give this play a further life. It’s got everything: family hurt, love, loss, song and the most fantastic black humour.” To purchase tickets (Biscuit Land £14 / £12) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit www.downartscentre.com. For offers and updates, like DAC on Facebook (Down-Arts-Centre).

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