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Banks, bras and going bust in new play Love Or Money

Love or Money opens at the Naughton Studio in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on Tuesday February 23

FINANCE and fidelity entangle in a biting new comedy from Belfast's c21 Theatre Company about the underside of the recession. The satirical comedy by Rosemary Jenkinson tells the story of divorcee Eilish who is back in the dating game and back in the courts rebuilding her law career.

The Belfast-based playwright was inspired to write Love or Money after reading and hearing news reports about the relationship between banks and business during the recession, especially how small businesses were relentlessly pursued by banks. She also gained inspiration from a friend who is a corporate lawyer.

But Rosemary was keen to write "a relationship comedy about a woman who falls in love with a man but her job seriously complicates it".

The play's heroine has got back into the love game thanks to online dating and while Rosemary has no experience of this she has some "vivid memories" of speed dating events at Belfast's Botanic Inn a decade ago.

"I can relate to Eilish who is wedded to her career and lacking the confidence of going into the dating arena," says the writer, who has seen her work staged in Dublin and America and has been Playwright on Attachment to the National Theatre, London.

In Love or Money, audiences will see Eilish go on her first date in two years and quickly develop a love triangle with a demanding boss, a demanding life, and a new boyfriend. As her work and her relationship develop, Eilish finds herself embroiled in a world of hidden identity, missing documents and bras.

This play about the pressures of modern life is recommended for those over 16.

"It is a bit risqué and a bit edgy and sexy. There is no nudity, but plenty of lingerie," says Rosemary.

Newlywed actress Roisin Gallagher has put her honeymoon on hold until after the tour to play the role of Eilish, whilst her boyfriend Connor is played by Game of Thrones star Michael Condron. Completing the cast is Belfast actor Marty Maguire.

:: Love or Money runs at the Naughton Studio at Belfast's Lyric Theatre from February 23 to 27, then tours until March 12. For full tour dates and tickets, visit c21theatrecompany.com

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