‘Desperately funny – terrific performances’

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‘Fizzes with comic energy’

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Following the phenomenal sell-out success of Mistletoe and Crime at the Lyric, comes another hilarious Marie Jones comedy. Belfastvibe went along to check it out.

Fly Me To The Moon, written and directed by the comedic genius Marie Jones, portrays Francis and Loretta, two community care visitors.

Davy, one of their elderly charges, has had a significant win on the horses, but he doesn’t know. When the cash-strapped women learn that Davey will not be around for a considerable time they are faced with a mouth-watering dilemma.

Following in the footsteps of some of Jones’s most successful, highly-renowned plays including Stones in His Pockets and Women on the Verge of HRT, Fly Me To The Moon is hilarious throughout – but leaves the audience with one final, sobering thought.

It will leave you pondering whether we are valued more in life or in death.

This play, so excellently acted throughout by both Tara Lynne O Neil and Katie Tumelty, who are reunited for the first time since their remarkable run in Mistletoe and Crime, is extremely deserving of its high-praise.

Not only does the lively writing perfectly encapsulate the Belfast sense of humour and characteristics, but the actresses are nothing short of outstanding. Both actresses have truly never been better than this flawless display of intense humour and hilarious set of comically awkward situations – all set against the juxtaposition of the hard-hitting message we are left mulling over by the end of the play.

The palpable charisma between the pair is reflected in the laugh-a-minute performance, which left the audience in constant stitches of laughter.

The fast-pace, sharp-timing and immediate-lighting added to the sense of enjoyment and comedic timing between two actresses who were born to perform this script.

From an unbiased perspective from a theatre-enthusiast this is truly a must-see play if you are after some great entertainment to brighten up your day.

Plus, if you are from Belfast you will laugh even harder at the perfectly captured sayings, characteristics and mannerisms you will more than recognise and identify in your nearest and dearest! This is what makes this play not only excellently written – but perfectly acted.


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