Hilarious rural rom-com ‘Ardnaglass on the Air’ receives great reception

Rural Radio Rom-Com Delights Audience

‘MOO-ving’ some audience members to tears of laughter, ‘Ardnaglass on the Air’ proved to be a hugely funny show during its opening night at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.  The extremely popular play by local playwright Jimmy Kerr, is on at the Lyric until Saturday 18th February, before embarking on a tour of great venues throughout Northern Ireland.

Produced by c21 Theatre Company, ‘Ardnaglass on the Air’ is a slapstick comedy concerned with the hilarious happenings of the fictitious rural community ‘Ardnaglass’.  Its local community radio presenters, the hopeless romantic Hugh Francis and the object of his unrequited love, Margaret Mary Rose are charged with broadcasting the goings-on across the local area.

‘Ardnaglass on the Air’ is touring Northern Ireland from Wednesday 22nd February to Sunday 5th March 2017 and the chance to see one of Northern Ireland’s best loved plays by County Antrim playwright, Jimmy Kerr, should not be missed.

Following its opening night at the Lyric Theatre, Stephen Kelly, director and co-founder of c21, said; “The opening night at the Lyric Theatre was a huge success.  The audience really enjoyed the rapport between the two characters, Hugh Francis and Margaret Mary Rose, played superbly by actors Marty Maguire and Jo Donnelly.  It has been a great privilege to work with them and also to have Jimmy Kerr involved throughout.

“We are now excited to bring ‘Ardnaglass on the Air’ on tour.  It’s as much fun for the cast performing the play as it is for the audience watching and it will certainly be a great night out!”

The production stars real life couple, actors Marty Maguire and Jo Donnelly as the love struck presenter and his fame seeking, day dreaming co-presenter, which adds a unique dynamic to the play.

Award winning playwright Jimmy Kerr who presented ‘Ardnaglass on the Air’ in 2010 as part of the annual 1st Irish Festival held in New York, has reworked the play in preparation for this new production.  The production is funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and includes the following performances:


14th – 18th February           Lyric Theatre, Belfast

22nd February                       Marketplace Theatre, Armagh

23rd February                        Craic Theatre, Coalisland

24th February                        The Courtyard and Theatre, Newtownabbey

25th February                        Cushendall Golf Club

28th February                        Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry

2nd March                                Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady

3rd March                                 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

4th March                                 Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

5th March                                 Moneyglass Community Centre


The audience is advised that the show contains colourful language and livestock and that they should wear wellies…

Tickets are on sale from each venue and make sure to like c21 Theatre Company on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for exclusive updates and show information.

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