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On McQuillan’s Hill - Finborough Theatre

On McQuillan’s Hill

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE English premiere of acclaimed Northern Irish playwright Joseph Crilly’s On McQuillan’s Hill plays at the Finborough Theatre for a four-week limited season – from February 4 to February 29, 2020.

There’s a lock o’ new houses down in the village and there’s a Sinn Féin advice centre and the shop’s a Spar now, but nothin’ much else is different. The whole world is changin’ and Gentry stays the same.

When proud IRA man Fra Maline is released early from prison, his daughter throws a welcome home celebration at the local community hall.

Unknown to the revellers the hall has been bought by Fra’s sister, Loretta, who turns up ready to demolish it after a twenty-year absence across the water.

Bitter memories and lies long buried in the bog threaten to resurface as an accidental family reunion descends into pitch black farce. Nothing ever changes in Gentry…

A vicious satire from a playwright hailed as “Ulster’s Martin McDonagh” (The Guardian), On McQuillan’s Hill gets under the dirty fingernails of small town Northern Ireland, confronting the horrors of abuse and the corrosive legacy of conflict with explosive wit and an insider’s eye for detail.

On McQuillan’s Hill was originally produced by the renowned Tinderbox Theatre Company in 2000 at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

The Finborough Theatre cast includes Helena Bereen (as Mrs Tymelly), Gina Costigan (Loretta Maline), Julie Maguire (Theresa Maline), Kevin Murphy (Dessie Rigg), Declan Rodgers (Ray McCullion) and Johnny Vivash.

Presented by Doreen Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, On McQuillan’s Hill is directed by Jonathan Harden, with set and costume design by Norman Coates, lighting by Mike Robertson and music and sound by Declan Feenan.

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