‘Bag for Life' by Colin Bateman is back!

Posted on: 30th September 2016

bag for life

Karen is mid-thirties, married with a young child. Karen has just bumped into a man in Tescos- the man who shot her brother in the face 30 years earlier. What does she do? What would you do?

‘Bag for Life' by Colin Bateman
Space - New theatre at SERC, Bangor Thurs 3, Fri 4, Sat 5 Nov
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast Tues 8 - Sun 13 Nov

As Colin Bateman's new feature film about Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness creates a stir at its world premiere at the Venice film festival, the writer's second ever stage play is preparing to open at The Lyric Theatre!

Tickets went on sale for The Playhouse Derry~Londonderry's major commission, ‘Bag for Life', the same week that Bateman's highly anticipated feature film ‘The Journey', starring Timothy Spall as Paisley and Colm Meaney as McGuinness, opened at the International film festival.

‘Bag for Life', a one woman show starring ‘The Fall's Julie Addy, asks whether forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland.

The show will tour to Space - New theatre at SERC, Bangor for the Open House Festival from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 November (the first ever full performance of a play by the Bangor writer in his hometown) and then to The Lyric Theatre, Belfast from Tuesday 8 to Sunday 13 November ahead of a nationwide Spring tour in 2017.

Directed by Kieran Griffiths, and commissioned by The Playhouse, this powerful and captivating play is laced with the blackest of humour, and received huge critical acclaim when it first opened in Derry in March 2016, described as "avant-garde " (Examiner.com), "a tour-de-force" (Culture NI), and "raw, powerful and no-holds-barred" (Irish News).

Julie Addy, best known for her role as Christina Callan in the BBC 2 Series ‘The Fall', will take the lead role in the piece, which also employs the latest VJ Software, a software which allows the mixing of digital video and effects in a realtime, improvisational environment.

"We're so delighted to put this piece on the road, it really is a harrowing piece, strange, potent and poetic" Director Kieran Griffiths said.
"Colin asks what are we to make of the men of violence whose time has been and gone, and who have settled into both civil and civilian life? What if we see them on Facebook? Or Twitter? How can we cope? How can we forgive?" Colin asks so very poignant questions in this piece about the role of technology so for this piece we really wanted to push the limits of creative set design and multiscreen media. Technology haunts this piece."

"We are thrilled to be bringing Bag For Life to Bangor, especially as a rehearsed reading of the play was performed as part of our 2015 Open House Festival programme, to great acclaim," says Kieran Gilmore, Director of Open House Festival.
"Colin is a long-time friend and ardent supporter of the Festival, and this will be the first fully staged production of his work in his home town, which makes it extra special."

Space - New theatre at SERC, Bangor
Thurs 3, Fri 4 , Sat 5 Nov, 8pm
02891471780 www.openhousefestival.com

The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Tues 8 - Sat 12 Nov, 8pm Sun 13 Nov, 1.30pm
(028) 9038 1081 www.lyrictheatre.co.uk


"a raw, powerful and no-holds-barred journey through the deepest, darkest emotions we have all...Bag for Life will stir the darkest recesses of the Northern Irish soul" Irish News

"a play which transcends political ideologies or aspirations, class territories or clan warfare. Addy delivers a tour-de-force in her eighty minute monologue" Culture NI

"Avant-garde production" Examiner.com

"one of the strongest pieces of theatre ever produced in Derry.... believable, near the knuckle in places, entertaining and disturbing....
...an exceptional piece of theatre that will stay with the audience long after the house lights have come back up and the seats have emptied...." Derry Journal

"Intense, realistic and filled with mountains of black humour" PastieBap.com

Colin Bateman- Writer
Colin Bateman is a novelist and screenwriter from Bangor, Co. Down. He has written thirty-five novels, including Divorcing Jack, Mystery Man and most recently Papercuts. He wrote the screenplays for the movies Divorcing Jack, Wild About Harry and the upcoming The Journey, which tells the story of the unlikely friendship between the late Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, starring Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney. The film received its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2016 followed by its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released in cinemas worldwide next year. For television he created the long running BBC series Murphy's Law, starring James Nesbitt and also wrote two series of the Irish language newspaper drama, Scup. His first play, National Anthem, was shortlisted for best new play at the Irish Theatre Awards, and his musical Teenage Kicks enjoyed a successful run at the Millennium Forum. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster in 2010 for his services to literature.

Julie Addy- Actor
Julie is originally from Belfast and made her professional debut as 'Bet' under the direction of the late Robin Midgely in Oliver! (Lyric Theatre Belfast). Since then she has performed in theatres all over the world, including playing 'Belinda' in This is How it Goes (English Theatre of Hamburg), 'Wendy' in Mysterious Skin (winner of the Eva Gore Booth Best Actress Award at the IDGT Festival), 'Poppy' in Whodunnit? (Titch Theatre, Oman/Bahrain/Dubai), 'Leah' in Hearts on Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Film and TV credits include ‘Joyce' in the award winning feature Songs for Amy (Sonny and Skye Productions), 'Christina' in The Fall (BBC) and 'Jackie' in Killer On The Line (Thumbs Up Productions).

Kieran Griffiths- Director and Producer
Kieran Griffiths is The Playhouse's Director and Producer. He also has an extensive performance C.V. Kieran joined our team in 2012 in preparation for Derry.Londonderry's City of Culture year producing and directing 13 critically acclaimed productions in 2013. He has since gone on to implement The Playhouse's legacy strategy, creating new work and touring important theatre around the island of Ireland.


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