Donaghmore group take to the stage in Belfast

Jimmy Cowan and Frances Jordan in Affluence which will take to the stage at the Grand Opera House in Belfast

Jimmy Cowan and Frances Jordan in Affluence which will take to the stage at the Grand Opera House in Belfast

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FORGET ‘the flegs’ and ‘power sharing’ - it’s all about ‘pipe sharing’ in Wesley Burrowes’ comedy play Affluence and the highly acclaimed Bardic Theatre with Premier Theatrical Productions is set to take it to Belfast’s Grand Opera House on Sunday October 27th for one night only!

Set on Duck Island, in Strangford Lough, Affluence is a laugh a minute comedy which follows two communities as they bicker over the allocation of sewer pipes for their brand-new flush toilets. The disagreement escalates into full-out conflict and when a man from ‘The Main Land’ arrives to sort the problem!

Director/ producer Mr Sean Faloon has celebrated a long theatrical career spanning over 30 years and is no stranger to the Grand Opera House Belfast. With previous hit shows treading these famous boards Sean can’t wait to get back “We have toured many productions from Harold Pinter to Willy Russell all over the UK and Ireland, but the Grand Opera House is always a favourite to us and where better to showcase the fine work of Wesley Burrowes than on a Belfast stage. His portrayal of the Northern Ireland psyche is genius”. Although Affluence was written 23 years ago, the laughs and the script are still as fresh as ever as it mirrors many issues which still exist in our communities today.

Bardic Theatre was formed in the 1980s and since then has grown into one of the most respected theatre companies in the country. Marie Jones (who’s work includes, Women on the Verge of HRT, A Night in November, Dancing Shoes – George Best Story) has been a Patron of Bardic theatre since the group was established. In his 30 years Sean as Director has nurtured an array of talent including musicians, writers and media personalities. Famous Bardic off-spring include renown Northern Irish comedian Conor Grimes (Grimes & McKee); BBC Radio Ulster’s Karen Kirby; Well known freelance Presenter, Producer Lynette Fay; BBC1 Fame Academy’s sweetheart and now a celebrated TV+ Radio Presenter Malachi Cush as well as West-End star and leading principal of the Oscar winning world wide acclaimed Les Miserables Fra Fee whos father Frank enjoys a principal part in Affluence itself. Sean has also Directed well known names such as leading Playwright and Comedienne Olivia Nash, TV Presenter Lynda Bryans and one of Northern Irelands most famous faces leading Presenter /Journalist for TV and Radio Pamela Ballentine.

Bardic first performed Affluence in 2002 and decided earlier this year to revisit the script. The play has enjoyed rave reviews. In excess of over 20,000 theatre goers have flocked to these tours. The continued popularity of the tour is proof that the ability to laugh at ourselves in Northern Ireland never tires.

Tickets are now available by telephone 028 9024 0411 or online at www.goh.com.