The Market Place Theatre in Armagh is set for a stellar week of stunning drama performances.
The multi award-winning ‘Myra’s Story’ will take to the stage on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October, telling the tale of Myra McLaughlin, a homeless Dublin street drinker.
Foul-mouthed and feisty, Myra is also funny and self-deprecating. It’s a bitterly cold, December morning. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from, insults, even dances for the passing throngs on Grafton Street. As she re-creates her life story, playing all the characters and acting out all the events that have led her to this pitiful existence, we see working class Dublin life and death at its funniest, rawest and cruellest.
‘Myra’s Story’ is packed full of energy, humour and drama. We all know a Myra Mc Laughlin. She is our sister, our brother, our parent, our friend. She is us… there but for the grace of god. You’ll split your sides laughing with Myra. You’ll break your heart crying with Myra. What you’ll never do… is forget her. Already an award winner in Canada and New York. Hailed as ‘magnificent’ and ‘unmissable’ by the critics. ‘Myra’s Story’ is a theatrical triumph.
Then on Friday 26 October, it’s the turn of Pat McCabe’s ‘Frank Pig Says Hello’, a new production that brilliantly captures the legendary original, twenty-five years on from the first groundbreaking tour. Desperately funny and yet deeply tragic, this is a classic of modern Irish theatre. It tells the story of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards a brutal act that shocks his community.
The play distils Francie’s infamous narrative into a riveting evening of pure, outstanding theatre, and is regarded as the most vivid, hilarious and heartbreaking evocation ever seen on a stage of an Irish childhood gone wrong. From the opening live trumpet notes over an image of a happy boy acting the piglet, to the breathtaking depiction of a dreadful murder, this is theatre at its most entertaining and gripping best.
Tickets for all performances can be booked through the Box Office on  3752 1821, or online at www.visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre
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