Adrian Dunbar returns to the Belfast stage in Conor McPherson’s award-winning The Night Alive

Laurence Kinlan and Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, Brendan at the Chelsea) makes a welcome return to the Lyric in October when Conor McPherson’s new play The Night Alive has its Northern Irish premiere.

Set in Dublin, the play tells the story of Tommy (Dunbar) – a middle-aged man, just about getting by.  He’s renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice’s house, keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc.

Then one night he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how.  Their past won’t let go easily.  But together there’s a glimmer of hope that they could make something more of their lives.  Something extraordinary.  Perhaps.  With inimitable warmth, style and craft, The Night Alive deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.

Written and directed by Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer), The Night Alive also stars Frank Grimes, Laurence Kinlan, Ian-Lloyd Anderson and Kate Stanley Brennan.  It is a co-production between the Lyric Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival, and opened this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival at the Gaiety Theatre.

The Lyric Theatre’s Executive Producer Jimmy Fay said, “The Night Alive is an extraordinary play that manages to be funny, shocking, contemporary and moving, and the reaction from audiences in Dublin has been amazing.  I’m really excited to bring it to Belfast for the first time, and I think our Lyric audiences are going to be blown away by the play”.

The Night Alive is on the Danske Bank Stage of the Lyric Theatre from October 6-31, and the performance on October 9also opens the 2015 Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

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