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New stage comedy TRAD to visit Belfast's Lyric for two performances

Actors Gus McDongah and Seamus O'Rourke in rehearsal for TRAD

WRITTEN by Mark Doherty, new stage comedy TRAD will visit Belfast for two performances on Friday January 31 and Saturday February 1 at the Lyric theatre

This Aaron Monaghan directed show is the story of a 100-year-old man and his father who live in a remote rural Irish parish. Da (played by Gus McDonagh) and Son/Thomas (played by Seamus O'Rourke) are the last of their lineage, until they discover that Son has his own 70-year old son.

Together, Da and Son set out to discover this son they never knew they had. On their travels Da and Son encounter two other characters, Fr Rice and Sal, both played by Clare Barrett.

Described by Monaghan as "like a cross between Father Ted and Waiting for Godot", TRAD touches poignantly on family relationships, in particular between father and son, which are both stoic and filled with deep emotion.

The heartwarming saga is accompanied by two live traditional Irish musicians who help to bring even more atmosphere to the stage.

:: For bookings and showtimes, visit Lyrictheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 028 9038 1081.

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