Double Bill of EAST BELFAST BOY and EVERY DAY I WAKE UP HOPEFUL to Embark on Ireland Tour

Double Bill of EAST BELFAST BOY and EVERY DAY I WAKE UP HOPEFUL to Embark on Ireland Tour

Prime Cut Productions has announced an all Ireland tour of its critically acclaimed theatre double bill featuring Fintan Brady's East Belfast Boy and John Patrick Higgins' Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful. The double bill will run from 29 January until 20 February 2019 and tour to venues in Belfast, Roscommon, Cork, Letterkenny, Castlebar, Limerick, Armagh and Dublin.

Following on from the overwhelming success of Prime Cut Productions internationally award-wining production of Stacey Gregg's Scorch (including, The Scotsman Fringe First 2016, Irish Times Theatres Award Best New Play 2015, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre and Critics Choice Award 2017) and four wins at the 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Red (including Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actor and Best Set Design), this double bill explores the complexities of male mental health in contrasting performative styles.

Emma Jordan, Artistic-Director of Prime Cut Productions says: "I am so delighted to be able to bring these two plays, by two unique Northern Irish writers, back to share with more audiences. The subject of mental health and fractured masculinity have never been more topical and yet we still lack the skills to tackle the issues appropriately. I hope these productions will help create more dialogue and a better understanding."


Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and...the boys. With pumping techno, pulverising movements and street sharp poetry, East Belfast Boy is a rollercoaster ride and a cliche-free zone.

Written by Fintan Brady, East Belfast Boy is a thrilling spoken word show by Ryan McParland and set to an original soundtrack by internationally acclaimed DJ Phil Kieran with choreography by award-wining dancer, Oona Doherty.

East Belfast Boy was originally created by Partisan Productions through a collaborative process involving young men from the Beersbridge and Newtownards Roads in Belfast. It was first presented at Ballymacarrett Friendship Centre in 2015 as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. East Belfast Boy garnered critical acclaim at EdgeFest and Edinburgh Festival Fringe during 2018.


Malachy has made a decision, perhaps for the first time in his life. Tonight is the night.

He has six bottles of wine, a bucket of chicken and he wants to talk about it. He really wants to talk about it. Poignant and confessional Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is also desperately funny. Funny to the bone.

Written by John Patrick Higgins Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is a heartbreakingly funny and powerful story about Malachy, a man facing an epic mid-life crisis starring Simon O'Gorman and directed by Rhiann Jeffrey.

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is John Patrick Higgins first play with Prime Cut Productions.

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