Belfast Boy heads to Liverpool

Delighted to announce that Belfast Boy will be heading to the Lantern Theatre in Liverpool on Monday the 23rd November @8pm for more info and to book tickets please check out the link:

http://www.lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk/?post_type=events&p=1422

 

WHAT’S ON

– BELFAST BOY BY KAT WOODS

Multi Award winning, critically acclaimed “Belfast Boy” makes its Liverpool debut. This solo show explores the true story of Martin Hall over one unforgettable hour

BFB Artwork Draft 6 - New DateMartin Hall is having trouble sleeping. Since fleeing from Belfast during the troubles, his brothers have fallen in and out with the law, his mother has had her heart broken, and his sexuality has gotten him into trouble.

Now he must relive it with a psychologist over one unforgettable hour.

Multi award winning writer/director Kat Woods makes her Liverpool debut with “Belfast Boy”, straight from two sell out, 5 star runs at the Edinburgh fringe and acclaimed tour of Northern Ireland, London and Finland.

Winner of ‘The Stage Award for Acting Excellence’ and ‘The Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre’ “Belfast Boy” was also long listed for an Amnesty International freedom of Expression award.

Starring local Liverpool Actor, Greg Fossard, reprising his role after his success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Greg’s previous theatre credits include ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Little Voice’, ‘Spring Awakening’ and the lead role of Bobby in ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’. He appeared in ‘My Beautiful Son’ for ITV and ‘Nice Guy Eddie’ for BBC.

New York City review for Wasted

Review: Wasted
$20-40 in Manhattan at SoHo Playhouse

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This Event ended Oct 22nd, 2015
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11752552_10153573497434248_4426845517727468305_nIt’s always thrilling to discover a fresh new voice making waves in international theater, one that not only engrosses its audience and keeps them invested in the unfolding narrative, but also forces each individual to question everything they know about the most quotidian of affairs. Irish playwright and director Kat Woods, whose play Wasted explores the murky area in consensual sex between two twenty-somethings after a night of heavy drinking, is such a voice. American theatergoers have a chance to see her Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit during its limited run at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC.

The show has an interactive element and begins from the moment the doors of the house open, the audience summoned by stars Will Merrick and Serena Jennings, who play revelers Ollie and Emma. The stage is backlit in red and the air is ripe with the permeating sounds of club music, which makes the atmosphere seductive and highly energized. It’s very much about getting a first-hand, momentary glimpse into some of what unravels during the night, but only the moments of fun — the bit that can be misleading to the random onlooker.

Soon after, the play begins to take a dark turn as the night’s events are recounted by a confused and tearful Emma to her friend Kate (played fantastically by Mr. Merrick). The scenes where Ms. Jennings confides are hard to watch and, juxtaposed with the affable Ollie’s own confusion and doubt, heartbreaking. Suddenly things aren’t what they seem and the play escalates rapidly into a nightmare for both Emma and Ollie. Ms. Woods’ writing is sharp and honest, but never heavy-handed in an attempt to convince. She trusts people to think for themselves and gives her actors free range to tell the story, which they do by skillfully embodying various characters, each helping to put the pieces of the puzzle together through transitions in time, scenes of intimacy framed like snapshots and phone messages.

Wasted is inspired by true events. In an interview with StageBuddy, Ms. Woods said that tackling the issue of consensual sex is important to the actors as well as herself because the the culture of binge drinking has become the norm for people in their teens, 20s and 30s. It certainly has become the norm in the US, with horrifying consequences. Wasted offers the opportunity to help build conversations around how to prevent, handle and resolve these issues with better understanding of matters that are far from black and white.