The Lyric Theatre brings you the hilarious new comedy Sinners from the wicked pen of Marie Jones, the award-winning writer of Women On The Verge Of HRT and Fly Me To The Moon.
Sinners is an uproarious satire on religion, family and greed. An isolated farming community comes under the spell of the charismatic yet mysterious preacher, Pastor O’Hare. He’s offering redemption – but at what price? While his unorthodox ministry and charming personality enflames the locals, Tania Simpson is not convinced. Does the Pastor have more than salvation on his mind as he takes advantage of her husband’s ecstatic conversion and sets up his makeshift church in their top field? Rallying friends and family, Tania leads the Simpson clan in a searing battle of wits and wills to reclaim her husband’s mind, body – and land.
Playwright Marie Jones commented:
“I remember seeing Billy Graham preaching to a packed audience from a massive screen in a cinema in Belfast. He was like a rock star. The music was the main attraction for me and I am sure others. To suddenly be allowed to sway and clap in “Gods House” to music that was not the dirge we had to listen to in church that we were made to go to…this was religious party time. ‘Sinners’, whilst being inspired by Tartuffe is not an adaptation of his play. It has been inspired by many experiences past and present and is for all of us SINNERS.”
Executive Producer of the Lyric, Jimmy Fay, commented:
“Marie Jones’ association with the Lyric goes back to when she joined Young Lyric Players as a young actress at the Lyric theatre in 1976. Marie was always her own dynamo and such plays as Women on the Verge of the HRT, A Night in November and, especially, Stones in His Pockets launched her into the theatrical stratosphere. Her audience at home have always been loyal but her reach is global. What’s local and of concern, or just plain funny here on Ridgeway street Marie has proved is as funny, as poignant, as relevant in Edinburgh, the West End or Broadway. There are very few writers who have her capacity to speak as clearly, and as warmly, as she does of their dreams, hopes, frustrations and friendships.”
Jimmy Fay first met the director of Sinners, Mick Gordon, at the European Directors school in the West Yorkshire Playhouse over twenty years ago. Mick Gordon went on to forge his own remarkable career including stints as Trevor Nunn’s associate director at the National, the Gate (in London) artistic director in the very vibrant late nineties as well as recently been the artistic director of a Scandinavian theatre Aarhus. He is back again in the Lyric where his past successes include productions of Brian Friel’s magnificent The HomePlace and Friel’s adaptation of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Jimmy commented “I am personally delighted he has taken on the reins of Marie Jones’ Sinners.”
Directed by Mick Gordon. Starring Charlie Bonner, Séainín Brennan, Michael Condron,
Adele Gribbon, Michael Johnston, Louise Mathews, Patrick McBrearty, Alan McKee,
Christina Nelson and Roma Tomelty.
Dates and Times: 6 May – 3 June, Tues – Sat: 7.45pm, Sat & Sun Matinee: 2.30pm
Tickets: Previews (6-10 May): £13, Off Peak: £15, Peak: £24.50