Why this need to develop the basic Belfast Girl story? The answer is simple, the thoughts behind Belfast Girl are organic and ever-growing. What started off as a memory play, soon took form when I started to work in Belfast and the imaginings of the past became the realities of the present.
Although a love story between English catholic Dave and Belfast protestant Annie, the play is also a love story of sorts between the characters and Belfast itself. The premise of the play is that little has changed in Belfast over the years and the tragedy is - little has changed in Belfast over the years! And to prive the point, the picture above is a recent one!
Belfast Girl is playing on both sides of the Thames this month. It opens tonight at the London Theatre, New Cross, running nightly at 8pm until 24 August, with a Sunday matinee on 25 August at 4pm. It then runs from 27 to 29 August nightly at 7.30pm at the Babble Jar, Stoke Newington and from 30 August to 1 September at the Precinct Theatre, Islington, with all performances there also at 7.30pm.