Belfast-based theatre company, TheatreofplucK, will present their alternative Christmas show, Pirates of Portrush, written by Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES awardee, Hilary McCollum, from Thursday 1st December at the Barracks, Hill Street, Belfast.
The play which is a hilarious spin on festive conventions, will have audiences roaring with laughter and stars local actors Gemma Hutton (Entertainer of the Year, GNI Awards 2016), Paula O’Reilly, Noel Harron and Shannen McNeice.
An exquisitely adult twist on festive stage shows, the Pirates of Portrush takes the audience on an outrageous adventure, including a very dramatic birth in a stable for good measure! This show will delight audiences and have them roaring with laughter and raging at inequality – certainly one not for the fainthearted!
Aboard the decks of pirate ship, The Mermaid’s Fancy, a perilous tale unfolds. Captain Scarlett Muff and Dick von Dyke find themselves on a breathless quest to save one of their kin. Dragging along the boat’s cabin boy, Jim Lad, and a parrot that doesn’t know when to shut it, these savage sailors will leave no eye dry when they tell their own story in the search for Joan Jett Black and her villainous father. The ship’s crew spins a story of kidnap and cruelty, of honour and valour, which leaves us ultimately wondering if love can truly conquer all?
TheatreofplucK is Northern Ireland’s first publicly funded LGBTQ+ theatre company with an aim to produce quality entertainment for all audiences and is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Gilly Campbell, Arts Development Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, comments: “The Pirates of Portrush is the outcome of a successful, creative collaboration between TheatreofplucK and Hilary McCollum funded through the Arts Council’s Artist Career Enhancement Scheme, an award bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers. This hilarious play, presented by a fantastic creative team, is not to be missed.”
Pirates of Portrush is ONLY suitable for adults, tickets are available now at www.theatreofpluck.com