Arts

New Rosemary Jenkinson play about a young Belfast woman's drive to stay positive

Christine Clare stars in May the Road Rise Up, about a young woman staying upbeat despite being dealt one bad hand after another

BELFAST'S Lyric Theatre is the venue for c21 Theatre Company's latest production, May the Road Rise Up – a fast-paced rollercoaster comedy-drama about a woman who resolves to live her life to the full no matter what it flings at her.

When Mia's boyfriend leaves her she falls into debt and loses her job but still she remains cheerful throughout, thanks to her BFF, wedding singer Paddy.

When Mia lands a new job driving around Belfast she thinks life is on the up. Little does she know she could be about to get closer to the city's streets than she ever imagined.

Following some questionable life decisions, the central character's positive nature adds to the play's charm, we're told, offering a sense of comic relief while highlighting the current and real-life problems associated with a journey that results in her becoming homeless.

Written by prolific Belfast playwright Rosemary Jenkinson, this one-woman show is directed by c21 co-founder Stephen Kelly, produced by Tom Finlay and stars Christine Clare as the lively and boisterous Mia.

"Although the play touches on the harsh realities of life as well as the curve balls it can throw at you, the main component to take away is Mia's heroic positivity during her struggle," says Jenkinson. "We want the audience to sympathise and laugh along with her as well as root for her to succeed."

:: May the Road Rise Up,Lyric Theatre, February 20-24 (tickets at Lyrictheatre.co.uk), then touring to seven venues across the north. For full details follow c21 Theatre Company on Facebook.

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