Belfast company Pan Narrans Theatre presents a reading of ‘These Days, The Lough’ – the début stage play by local writer Michael Phoenix, this weekend.
Read by Michael Patrick – (star of our favourite recent Harp ad), Owen McCavana (whom alongside Michael you may remember from Culture Night’s ‘How These Desperate Men Talk’) and Patrick McBrearty (Ghost Stories), the play explores Charley who lives on the shore of Lough Neagh.
He makes his living from it, dredging sand. When this practice is threatened by a government order, what results is not only a battle for his livelihood, but a battle for the very soul of the Lough.
Michael Patrick – actor and co-founder of Pan Narrans Theatre – explains:
“We’re very excited to be presenting this script, not only does it really speak to a modern Northern Ireland, it has a lovely timeless quality to it.”
However, as this is a play still in progress, you will have the exciting chance to view the rehearsed reading – in which you are encouraged to offer your feedback. Michael adds:
“This play is a work in progress, and we invite you to hear its first public reading and offer your feedback.
“While the ideas and characters are brilliantly formed and full of depth, the structure and the dialogue of the play are not finalised. Writing a play is different to writing a novel, it can be hard to see if ideas work without first seeing the piece performed, hearing the words of the characters land with an audience.
“We will not be charging a ticket price, but as we will have some small venue costs to recoup, we will be offering a “pay what you like” system on the door.”
“We really love using accidental theatre’s space, this will be the second time they’ve hosted one of our nights, the last being “Ghost Stories” last Halloween. I can’t thank them enough, they’re a great bunch to work with.
“We first came across Accidental via their Scratch Nights, where they host a whole range of “work in progress” pieces. The sense of support and community at the Scratch Nights is amazing. You see people giving really useful feedback, all very constructive and supportive. This reading is very much in that style, we hope to get lots of comments and feedback from the people attending.”
‘These Days, The Lough’ rehearsed reading takes place Saturday 5 March at the Accidental Theatre. The bar opens at 6.30pm, with the reading taking place at 7.30pm.
It is taking place in the Accidental Theatre, situated on the 4th Floor, Wellington Buildings, 2-4 Wellington St.
For more information check out Pan Narrans Theatre page for up-to-date information on the reading of Michael Phoenix’s ‘These Days, The Lough’ at pannarranstheatre.com.
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