By David Ireland
Back by popular demand, this riotous comedy returns to the Lyric after a triumphant run in the Naughton Studio last year.
25 year-old East Belfast man Stevie meets 49 year-old Glaswegian widow Martha while recovering from a painful breakup with his ex-girlfriend. Stevie and Martha are immediately attracted to each other and end up in bed together. Although their relationship is based entirely upon sexual attraction, they find themselves falling in love. This challenges the expectations of Stevie’s conservative Christian mother and his ultra-unionist, Ulster-Scots-speaking sister who work hard to break the pair up. Stevie and Martha must decide if their relationship has a real future and if they can both overcome the pain of their heartbroken pasts.
While primarily a very funny comedy, Can’t Forget About You touches on deeper themes such as grief, loss, sexual mores, cultural identity, sectarianism and the question of how Northern Ireland moves on from the politics of the past and faces the future.
Can’t Forget About You is the first play written for the Lyric by former Playwright-in-Residence David Ireland, one of Northern Ireland’s hottest young writing talents. David is currently under commission to the National Theatre of Scotland, Tinderbox and the Abbey Theatre and is also adapting his play What the Animals Say into a television series for the BBC.
AGE GUIDANCE 18+
CONTAINS SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE, BAD LANGUAGE AND SOME ULSTER-SCOTS
Director / Conleth Hill
Set & Costume Design / Stuart Marshall
Lighting Design / James C McFetridge
"extraordinarily clever and insightful...a bawdy comedy"
"cleverly structured through a combination of fresh wit, sharp observational comedy and subtly nuanced characterisations...a riotous evening"
"David Ireland writes racy, rapid-fire dialogue...and the cast earned last night's ovation"