Big Bernie Greene is back, but not in 5 minute Facebook video format – she’s taking centre stage at The Waterfront for three more nights (22nd, 23rd, 24th Oct) after this weekends wild debut success.
Bernie Greene, a character created by local comedian Michael Mulcahy is a 50 something, cardigan wearing, always swearing ‘Belfast Girl’ that has garnered more than 100,000 Facebook ‘Likes’ with video views reaching 200,000+ per post.
Clearly an online success, Michael Mulcahy took Big Bernie to the bright lights of The Waterfront, alongside ditsy beauty therapist Michelle, Parkinsons-prone ‘Ma’ and slightly jittery Shankhill Joe, all played by acclaimed actress Christina Nelson.
Throughout the sketch set, Belfast Girls hits such as an original ‘How dare you speak to me like that’, Barbie Girl reworked as ‘Belfast Girl’ and Venga Boys ‘Ibiza’ adapted to ‘Santa Ponsa’ were performed much to the delight of the rather rowdy audience – myself included.
In amongst jokes of Dad’s in Maghaberry Prison, failure to get DLA, and our beloved city centre Primark burning down – it would seem Michael Mulcahy has created a character that whilst comical – is maybe one we shouldn’t laugh at.
However, when it is revealed that ‘Shankhill Joe’ has been getting jiggy with ‘Claire-Louise from the Shankhill’, an audience member proudly shouts out ‘I’m Claire-Louise and I’m from the Shankhill’ to a roar of native ‘Yeo’s’ – all is right in the world again.
With an audience full of Belfast Girls, perhaps a few Shankhill Joes and three new dates added, Michael Mulcahy and his alter-ego Big Bernie should be ‘All biz’ and proud to have made this production the rip-roaring success that is is.
You can meet Big Bernie for yourself at The Waterfront on 22nd, 23rd, 24th October. Tickets are available from the link below