Sean Hollywood Arts Centre will be alive with comedy, drama and laughter with the arrival of two new plays.
Wednesday, 27 February sees Dan Gordon’s tribute to local comedian and legend Frank Carson in his show, ‘Frank Carson—A Rebel Without a Pause’. This acclaimed one man show takes the audience on a journey with Frank, from his boyhood into the world of showbiz, where he wowed royalty, popes and ordinary people alike.
Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for over fifty years. His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows, on television and in clubs across the land. He was Mayor of Balbriggan (twice), King of Blackpool, Clown Prince of Ireland and Prime Minister of Fun.
Tuesday 5 March brings I Shall Wear Purple to the Arts Centre. This black comedy, produced by theatre company c21, is the fifth collaboration with writer Rosemary Jenkinson. The play focuses on Olivia, newly resident in a care home after a heart attack and the home’s young art therapist, Tom.
Olivia and Tom want different things—she wants out of the home while Tom is desperate to stay as the wages it pays keeps his head above water—but both find they start to rely on each other for friendship and support. Olivia, played by local actress Stella McCusker, and Tom, played by Patrick McBrearty, show that it is possible to forge a real friendship across the generations that transforms the way they look at life.
Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said: “Both the new plays coming to Sean Hollywood will delight audiences. The tribute to comedian Frank Carson shines with his humour and shows why he was so loved by all who saw or knew him.
“I Shall Wear Purple challenges us to think about our own outlook on life, and how people from different background and generations can help each other through difficult situations, with laughter and friendship.”
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