DREAM, SLEEP, CONNECT – BOLD NEW COMEDY TAKES A TIMELY ‘SWIPE’ AT ONLINE DATING

c21 Theatre Company, one of Northern Ireland’s leading theatre companies, presents a bold new comedy called Dream, Sleep, Connect. Written by award winning writer Rosemary Jenkinson and directed by c21’s artistic director Stephen Kelly; Dream, Sleep Connect is about disconnection in the digital world and takes a timely ‘swipe’ at online dating and appoholics.

Chris is working on a technological solution for the Irish border under the beady eye of his boss, Lucy, when he realises he has no one to invite to the office do. He joins Tinder only to find he’s met his match in more ways than one…But before long, Chris begins to ask the ultimate question: Who is watching who?

Well-known NI actors Richard Clements and Maria Connolly will play the roles of Chris and Lucy. Maria will also play Chris’s Tinder dates.

Dream, Sleep, Connect is c21 Theatre Company’s sixth collaboration with Rosemary Jenkinson. Rosemary wrote Dream, Sleep, Connect because she wanted to challenge the Digital Age in a bold, witty way. The hilarious mishaps of Dream, Sleep, Connect’s protagonist Chris show ultimately that the only worthwhile connections in life are the human ones.

Rosemary Jenkinson, writer of Dream, Sleep Connect said:

“I’m thrilled to be working with c21 and a brilliant cast to present Dream, Sleep, Connect, a brand new contemporary play that tackles the dark side of the Computer Age and has great fun skewering the digital dating scene.”

Artistic Director of c21 Theatre Company and Director of Dream, Sleep, Connect, Stephen Kelly added:

“We at c21 are delighted to be working on another collaboration with Rosemary.  This time we are looking at a very topical area within society today.  Casting two fantastic performers in Maria and Richard will give our audiences a show to remember.  Thanks to Arts Council of Northern Ireland we can also tour this production right across the country.”

Caoileann Curry-Thompson, Literature and Drama Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support c21 Theatre Company in presenting this latest work from talented playwright and Arts Council Major Individual Artist awardee, Rosemary Jenkinson.  This play once again shows that theatre, through the immediacy and intimacy of live performance, is uniquely suited to interrogating and dissecting contemporary life’s most gnarly and complex issues. The Arts Council is committed to ensuring that professional, high-quality arts are available to everyone and are delighted to also support the touring of this new work to theatres across the region.  I would encourage everyone to go along for a thoroughly entertaining experience.”

Dream, Sleep, Connect runs at Lyric Theatre 18-22 February followed by an NI Tour:
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh 26 February, ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn 28 February,
Cushendall Golf Club, 29 February, Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry 3 March,  Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick 6 March, The Market Place Theatre, Armagh 7 March.
To book tickets, please visit www.c21theatrecompany.com or contact theatre venue.

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