Baby It’s Cold Outside: 2nd – 7th March 2015 The Grand Opera House, Belfast


Baby Its Cold Outside is a hilarious new comedy by award-winning playwright, Brenda Murphy (A Night With George).

Set in a snow-trapped, isolated cottage on the Black Mountain outside Belfast, the play tells the story of a bizarre love triangle. Pregnant Patsy, a young West Belfast woman has gone to live there and have her baby with the support of her two female friends: older woman and academic Sally and the beautiful American Law student, Madison. Into this arrives Joe, Patsy’s ex-boyfriend and the father of the baby. He wants to win Patsy back and assert his rights as father of the child.

But this is a Brenda Murphy comedy, and as always, nothing is as it seems.

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Well, to put it simply, playwright Brenda Murphy has done it again.

Although she has many titles to her credit, it’s probably her one woman play A Night With George that’s best remembered for her comic writing, her acting and her wild imagination. A cut out of George Clooney did it for her. Now Baby It’s Cold Outside is doing it for audiences in the MAC where the staff are friendly, from the minute you go through the front door it’s smiles of welcome. It’s the sort of place where every one talks to everyone else whether you know them or not and you can laugh out loud without feeling self-conscious. Good thing when it comes to this play.

It must be a unique story line, three lesbians and a brickie. Pretty straight forward at first, Joe the bricklayer has obliged Patsy by fathering her unborn baby but Patsy is in love with, and lives with, Sally a marine biologist. Their house guest is Madison, an American law student, all three are lesbians.

When Joe arrives out of a blizzard to see how the mother of his child is going, he can’t understand this ménage à trois, Patsy was his girlfriend and is now carrying his baby, he wants to look after her, he’s hiked through two feet of snow to see her for goodness sake, only to find she doesn’t want him any more. She’s happy living with Sally and the beautiful Madison.

His alarm gives rise to a very funny script excellently delivered by the actors-
Patsy – Kerri Quinn
Sally – Jo Donnelly
Madison – Tanya Thomson
Joe – Kevin Elliott.

Joe argues with Patsy, he tells her she doesn’t look like a lesbian and anyway, who ever heard of a lesbian working in Primark. There are no queer bricklayers he tells her, only hairdressers, singers and airline cabin crew are gay. He is wary of Sally but acknowledges she must be clever, smarter than the other girls at school because no one asks lesbians out so they have more time to study!

The girls met in Nancy’s pub in Ardara when on a whale watching expedition in Rosbeg Donegal, they fell for each other and now live in comfort in a home with wallpaper covered in starfish, sea horses and seaweed. Plenty of fish pictures round the wall and Sally’s precious collection of CDs, especially her Rod Stewarts.

The audience love the banter.

At the interval the comments included: “Very Belfast”; “A good laugh”; “It’s different, great night out.”

No one mentioned the crude language probably because it fitted in with the characters, and make no mistake, this is a coarse show but so funny.

Patsy has startling news for Joe. Not only does she not love Joe, but she announces she loves Sally instead. When Joe learns that Madison is a also a lesbian, naïve Joe thinks he has stumbled into Lesbian Headquarters Central. Throw in a Turkey baster, the imminent – and we mean imminent – arrival of the baby and the scene is set for a monumental tug of war and a (rather uneven) battle of the sexes.

Fresh from its sell-out run in the 2013 West Belfast Festival where it had audiences rolling with laughter in the aisles, Baby It’s Cold Outside crackles with fantastic Belfast humour and is set to be the funniest comedy of the year.

Production Credits

  • Written by – Brenda Murphy
  • Directed by – Martin Lynch
  • Designed by – Niall Rea
  • Starring – Kerri Quinn
  • Starring – Jo Donnelly
  • Starring – Kevin Elliott
  • Starring – Tanya Thompson
  • Produced by – GBL Productons

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