The Stars of Stormont, a new comedy by Folks on the Hill star Sean Crummey, gathered at the steps of parliament buildings this week to launch the new play that is being staged at the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey from Wednesday 15 Sept (closing 2nd Oct) . Also at the launch was director Michael Poynor and producer Martin Lynch.
Martin who has just finished a sell out run of Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story said:
“it’s fantastic to be working on such a good project, this is Sean Crummey first stage play and it is hilarious. We have put together a fantastic cast who are the cream of Northern Irish acting talent. This play is sure to be a hit and I encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment”.
It’s election time for the Stormont Assembly. Our political parties go into overdrive to win votes. The corridors at Stormont become a hive of activity as various news networks set up to catch interviews with the leading politicians. Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly and Michael McGimpsey of The Ulster Unionist Party are about to conduct a phone interview with Talkback. Meanwhile, a militant group of environmentalists have decided that the election is too good an opportunity to miss. Exploiting the media presence they make bold plans to take their case to the heart of Government. Will they be successful? How do the fancy-suited Gerry Kelly and the earnest Michael McGimpsey end up at the centre of the militant protest? Will this all end in tears?
Stormont, a hilarious comedy written by and starring BBC TV’s Folks On The Hill funnyman Sean Crummey, also stars Marty Maguire fresh from his hugely successful performance in the Grand Opera House as Matt Busby in Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story along with Paul Boyd who recently appeared in the Lyric Theatre production of the Miser and Kathy Kiera Clarke Irish Film and TV Awards nominated Best Actress for Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday.
Although widely known for his many screen writing successes Stormont is not Sean’s first encounter as a playwright having been involved annually in the Grand Opera House’s pantomime-writing team. He has written and performed nine series of BBC Northern Ireland’s highly successful animated political satire series The Folks on the Hill. He has also written and performed 12 series of The Folks on the Hill on radio, a more broadly based comedy impressions show. Sean also provided many of the voices in Radio Ulster’s A Short History of Ireland.
Bernard Clarkson, Manager of Theatre at The Mill said,:
“We are delighted to be launching the new autumn theatre programme for Theatre at The Mill with this riotous new comedy and have no doubt it will contain the same high quality and popularity of Martin Lynch’s previous theatre productions. This is a great opportunity for fans of the BBC TV series ‘Folks On The Hill’ to see Sean Crummey’s first ever stage production live in the intimate and imaginative theatre setting at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey as well as a chance for people to experience the new Theatre at The Mill for the first time this September.”
Stormont is directed by leading Northern Ireland director Michael Poynor who has been, variously, Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Harrogate Theatre, Overground Theatre, Stage 80 Theatre Co, the Ulster Youth Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Wales. He has been Artistic Director of the Ulster Theatre Company since 1994 and has written a string of pantomimes and adaptations for various stage productions.
Tickets for Stormont
are selling fast, starting at £14 each. To book your tickets today, please contact the Theatre At The Mill box office on 028 9034 0202 or log on to www.theatreatthe mill.com
A special thanks to Creative Industries Innovation Fund.
A special thanks to Harvey Norman for kindly sponsoring Stormont.