The Painted Lady

Playing in The MAC, Belfast, on the 18th and 19th October 2019. An original play by Belfast writer Rob Hollway inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism. Set in a picturesque butterfly observation site in the Northern Irish countryside, Dan…

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Playing in The MAC, Belfast, on the 18th and 19th October 2019.

An original play by Belfast writer Rob Hollway inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism.

Set in a picturesque butterfly observation site in the Northern Irish countryside, Dan a recluse in recovery from alcoholism hides from the world. That is until party girl Kimberley stumbles into his land after a rough night on the tiles. While they initially don’t see eye to eye, they’ve more in common that they think. It is a happenstance of two people colliding in life that becomes less of a coincidence as their life experiences and stories begin to align, giving power to the old saying ‘everything happens for a reason’. Hollway states ‘when I hit my own rock bottom a number of strangers crossed my path at the right time to lead or guide me towards sobriety. I see this play as one of those signpost moments where two people meet and they have a chance to take the right paths to change their lives’.

This close to home narrative is accessible to all audiences, from first timers to frequent theatre goers and showcases relevant and underrepresented issues surrounding alcoholism, mental health and trauma in Northern Ireland. While on the surface it may appear dark, there’s a lot of comedy present.

A Chaos Theory Theatre Production.

Starring Debra Hill and Kevin Elliot, directed and produced by Rachel Coffey.

Trailer by Frontier Pictures

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