Green Shoot Productions Presents “Two Sore Legs” by Brenda Murphy at Grand Opera House


Smash-hit play, Two Sore Legs By Brenda Murphy embarks on a Northern Ireland Tour and Performs on the Main Stage at The Grand Opera House!  3 rd – Sat 8 th Oct 16

Directed by Martin Lynch and starring, Maria Connolly, Two Sore Legs was one of the hit shows at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, playing to enthusiastic audiences for a full month and gaining regular standing ovations at the prestigious Assembly @ George Sq venue.

The show also garnered fabulous press reviews and created very lively traffic on Social Media.

Set in Belfast, the play tells the true story of the playwright’s mother Bridget, a young Butlin’s Redcoat, from West Belfast who had 6 children by a married man. The play explores the scandal, the pain, the joy and the fall-out from this extraordinary family arrangement and what it meant for Brenda, her siblings and, of course, her mother.

From the rowdy, fractious relationship Bridget had with her own father to the hilarious attempts by the local Parish Priest wanting to take her young children from her, this play is dripping with the most explicit family emotions and experiences. In a dynamic performance – described by The Edinburgh Evening News as a tour de force – Maria Connolly purrs, struts, weeps and explodes around the stage in equal measure.

Celebrated Irish playwright, Martin Lynch, who directs the show, commented, “We were overwhelmed by the audience response at Edinburgh. We got a raft of 4 and 5 star reviews, with both the script by Brenda Murphy and the outstanding performance by Maria Connolly being singled out for special praise. This play has it all. Drama, hilarious comedy and an amazing storyline that will knock your socks off.”

Writer Brenda Murphy, added, “It’s a very personal play to me – my most personal to date – I think that’s why it generates so many tears and so much laughter in audiences. And I’ve been amazed by its success. First, we played to packed out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, then we sold out at the Lyric Theatre, then we had a great week in New York and now we’re doing the Grand Opera House and a Northern Irish tour. Who knows, Broadway next stop!”


Tour Venues:

Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, Thursday 22 nd Sept, 02830 313180

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, Friday 23 rd Sept, 02877 760650

The Craic Theatre & Arts Centre, Coalisland, Sunday 25 th Sept, 02857 741100

The Old Courthouse, Antrim, Monday 26 th Sept, 02894 463113

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Wednesday 27 th Sept, 02837 521821

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Thursday 29 th Sept, 02882 247831

Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Friday 30 th Sept, 074 913 1840

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Saturday 1 st Oct, 02844 610747

Belfast Grand Opera House Mon 3 rd . – Sat 8 th . Oct. 02890 241 919 legs


What the critics say

“Rarely has a theatrical experience wormed its way under my skin like this did and continues to do days after I’ve seen it.”

Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph

“…jaw achingly funny…an incredible one-woman tour de force. A must see. Six stars.”

The Edinburgh Evening News

““Rarely has a theatrical experience wormed its way under my skin like this did and continues to do days after I’ve seen it.’”

Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph