The latest Irish play that you’ve never heard of (yet), by an Irish playwright you may have heard of, has been touring around Ireland lately. The Abbey’s successful 2012 production of QUIETLY by Owen McCafferty, a story about two men from opposite sides of Northern Ireland’s sectarian conflict and how a single act of violence in 1974 affected their lives, has been on a bit of a road show in the Republic. And now it’s time to bring it home to Belfast.
McCafferty is not a young gun from Belfast (he’s in his early 50s now). But he is still one of the leading lights of Northern Ireland playwriting. This muted, very relevant three character play will no doubt soon be popping up all over the US.
But for next week, McCafferty is getting ready for the hardest and smartest audience the play will probably ever have to handle – a home town crowd on the banks of the Lagan at Belfast’s stunning Lyric Theatre.