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East Belfast Granny debuts at EastSide Arts Festival

Luna Kalo as the titular East Belfast Granny in Fintan Brady's new play

PLAYWRIGHT Fintan Brady follows the acclaimed East Belfast Boy and East Belfast Girl with East Belfast Granny, which will premiere at the East Side Festival next month.

Running at Ballymac Friendship Centre from August 7 to 10, the Partisan production is the final play of Brady's East Belfast trilogy. It introduces Sarah Irwin (Luna Kalo) as the titular East Belfast Granny whom Brady calls "the mother of them all".

He adds: "The play is essentially a one-woman fiesta of a show. It will be unpredictable at times, moving, but also laugh-out-loud funny.

"It's a fast-moving, high-octane trip through the life and times of a woman holding a fractured family together in a tough place and times".

Describing the East Belfast series as "nearly true stories", the writer says Irwin "is an amalgam of various women, of similar age and background and their stories as collected in association with The Ballymac Friendship Centre in East Belfast".

He adds: "There are particular themes that reoccur when listening to women's accounts of life in the Belfast streets where many of them were born and raised and still call home.

"The play touches on social and financial struggles, mental health issues, loneliness and silent battles with substance misuse; not least dependency on prescription drugs which were historically over-prescribed to this generation in the trauma-rich period of the Troubles."

:: Tickets are free. To book, contact Partisanproductions@hotmail.com

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