09 May 2019
C21 THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS 'MAY THE ROAD RISE UP'by PORT FAIRY & REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
PORT FAIRY's LECTURE HALL is the venue for C21 Theatre Company's production of May the Road Rise Up – a fast-paced rollercoaster comedy-drama about a woman who resolves to live her life to the full no matter what it flings at her.
Set in contemporary Belfast, this energetic, funny and compelling tale tells us how easy it is, with the right (or wrong) combination of events, to slip into homelessness. It’s highly topical in its unflinching look at credit card debt, the benefits system, addiction to prescription drugs, and living on the streets.
When Mia's boyfriend leaves her she falls into debt and loses her job but still she remains cheerful throughout, thanks to her BFF, wedding singer Paddy.
When Mia lands a new job driving around Belfast she thinks life is on the up. Little does she know she could be about to get closer to the city's streets than she ever imagined.
Following some questionable life decisions, the central character's positive nature adds to the play's charm, we're told, offering a sense of comic relief while highlighting the current and real-life problems associated with a journey that results in her becoming homeless.
Written by prolific Belfast playwright Rosemary Jenkinson, this one-woman show is directed by c21 co-founder Stephen Kelly, produced by Tom Finlay and stars award-winning actress Christine Clare as the lively and boisterous Mia.
"Although the play touches on the harsh realities of life as well as the curve balls it can throw at you, the main component to take away is Mia's heroic positivity during her struggle," says Jenkinson. "We want the audience to sympathise and laugh along with her as well as root for her to succeed."
Saturday night's performance will be followed by a Q+A with playwright Rosemary Jenkinson, director Stephen Kelly and actress Christine Clare. Running time 90 minutes.
The National Celtic Festival is excited to present this work connecting Ireland's City of Belfast to what was the Shire of Belfast in Victoria.
Head to http://www.nationalcelticfestival.com for further information and to book tickets.