“First rate,” “wonderful” and “astonishing” – the superlatives are flowing for the English premiere of Joseph Crilly’s On McQuillan’s Hill. Take a look at our favourite reviews, then book your tickets.
The dark comedy, staged by Doreen productions, runs at Finborough Theatre until 29 February 2020.
“There’s a lock o’ new houses down in the village and there’s a Sinn Féin advice centre and the shop’s a Spar now, but nothin’ much else is different. The whole world is changin’ and Gentry stays the same.”
Rural Northern Ireland, 1999. Proud IRA man Fra Maline returns home – released early from prison under the Good Friday Agreement – and to celebrate his daughter, Theresa, throws a party at the local community hall on McQuillan’s Hill. Unknown to the revellers the hall has been bought by Fra’s sister, Loretta, who turns up ready to demolish it after a twenty-year absence across the water. With peace on a knife-edge, bitter memories, family secrets and lies long buried in the bog threaten to resurface as an accidental family reunion descends into pitch black farce…
A vicious satire from a playwright hailed as “Ulster’s Martin McDonagh” (The Guardian), On McQuillan’s Hill gets under the dirty fingernails of small town Northern Ireland, confronting the horrors of abuse and the corrosive legacy of conflict with explosive wit and an insider’s eye for detail.
Johnny Vivash leads the cast a Fra Maline, with Gina Costigan as Loretta and Julie Maguire as Theresa. They’re joined in the cast by Helena Bereen, Declan Rodgers and Kevin Murphy. Director Jonathan Harden returns to Finborough Theatre where he previously appeared as an actor in Northern Star.
On McQuillan’s Hill runs at Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London, SW10 9ED from 4 to 29 February, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays 7.30pm, matinees Saturdays and Sundays 3pm. Tickets are priced from £18. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!
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