Three Belfast based actresses will star in a provocative new production from a theatre company established with the intention of creating controversy.

PUNCHEDcanvas was formed in 2013 with the intention of creating controversial new works to showcase local talents.

Ahead of the new show at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival they’ve promised their most provocative piece of theatre yet.

Turtle is billed as sexy, blackly funny and murderously provocative and you can see it at The Barracks – Belfast’s newest theatre venue – from May 7-8

The premiere of this brand new tale of lesbians, animals, sex and violence will be a feral evening not to be missed.

Allow us to introduce the three Belfast women who’ll be starring in it…


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Adele Smyth-Kennedy is a Northern Irish-born actor based in Belfast and London. Her most recent screen credits include Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep, appearing alongside Hugh Grant, and in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Patient Zero, appearing with Stanley Tucci. Both films are scheduled for release this year. Adele also played the lead in Eileen Treacy’s Short Film, Four Walls, in 2015, and has worked as a Stand-In for Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones for the past two years. Theatre credits include Crave, at the Crescent Arts Centre, and This Is Our Youth at the Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast. Her training took place at Belfast Metropolitan College and at Queen’s University. Adele is represented by Phillip Young at Independent Agency, Belfast. Turtle is her first show with PUNCHEDcanvas.


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Clare McMahon trained at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She made her West End debut in The Cripple of Inishmaan, played Hermia in the Almeida, and last year played Kitty in Unhome by outstanding local playwright Jimmy McAleavey. Clare loves new writing and is delighted to be premiering Turtle. She lives in Belfast and is represented by Independent Artists. Turtle is her first show for PUNCHEDcanvas.


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A recent graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, some of Nuala Davies previous theatre credits include The Jazzabelles (Nicholas Boyle), Lucy and The Dream Catcher (C21), Operation Blitzed (Big Telly), Dido and Aeneas (Queen’s University), Vernon God Little (Queen’s University), Belfast by Moonlight (Kabosh) alongside recently appearing in short film The Monday Club (Stay Beautiful Films) as part of the Belfast Film Festival. Having trained vocally Nuala has obtained grades with the London College of music in musical theatre performance as well as a grades in classical performance. You will also see her performing in the cabaret and burlesque scene in productions such as Pigeon and Plums and Tease-o-rama, as well as in her 1960s garage rock and roll band. Nuala produces her own acting showcase Clatter O’ Actors, facilitating space for upcoming actors into the professional industry in Belfast.


Turtle was written and directed by James Johnson, who studied at Queen’s University Belfast. His previous plays include Choking the Butterfly for Tinderbox, The Pugilist for PUNCHEDcanvas, After the Bell Jar for Green Room and The Audition for Bakehouse Theatre. His work has featured at the Los Angeles, Edinburgh Fringe and The MAC’s Pick ‘n’ Mix Festivals. James’ work has been nominated for BBC/Stewart Parker and Nanette Lovell Awards and has been performed in Nigeria, Australia, Kosovo, Malta, New York, Greece, Bulgaria and throughout the UK and Ireland. Turtle is his third script for PUNCHEDcanvas and his directional debut for the company.

Turtle will premiere at The Barracks (8-10 Exchange Place) as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 at 5.30pm and 8pm.

Tickets (£7) can be purchased at the door or at

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