Review: Here Comes The Night at Lyric Theatre

Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play, Here Comes The Night opened tonight at the Lyric for a four week run. The play, set in 1966 and 2016 is a playful, thrilling and hilarious take on love, life and culture. It asks the question, has the people of Belfast changed in the last 50 years?

Here Comes The Night tells the story of Vincent and Mary Gallagher living in East Belfast in November 1966. Vincent is trying to finish his short story based on the Easter Rising, but Mary and the local priest want him to stop writing, fearing the reaction to such an explosive story .

Act 2 takes place in the same house in the present day, where Marta, a Polish immigrant, and her husband Jim now live.  Marta and Jim want to be left to settle into their home, but their hopes of a quiet life are threatened when the Culture Minister Donna Ni Duineachair arrives with a plan to resurrect the memory of Vincent Gallagher, and bring the shadows of the past back to their home.

Starring an all Belfast cast including Kerri Quinn (Educating Rita), Michael Condron (The 39 Steps), Lyric stalwart Niall Cusack (The Crucible), Susan Davey (Philadelphia, Here I Come!) and a fantastic Thomas Finnegan making his Lyric Theatre debut.

The Lyric Theatre always entertains and each month creates fantastic plays featuring local talent. There is plenty of laughs and food for thought as we look at two the life of two generations 50 years apart. Different issues and problems but still very much the same.

Michael Condron is one of my most favourite actors. With his Belfast charm and wit, he is versatile comic actor that brings energy to every performance. You always know that a fantastic and often shocking one liner is about to make the audience burst into giggles.

Thomas Finnegan also has to get a special mention. His character was so serious, yet so hilariously funny, I think the other actors were genuinely in kinks of laughter during his portrayal of  the Ulster Historical Society expert.

Here Comes The Night runs at the Lyric Theatre until 14th May. Book your tickets today.