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Forget Turkey

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Visiting Northern Ireland anytime over the holidays? Want to find out what’s been happening over the last year there, and in a most entertaining way? Then Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is the place for you.
This well-known theatre hosts until January 14, a diverse and amusing show entitled ‘Forget Turkey!’ satirizing many of the goings-on in the country, both political and social. The result: a delightful blend of recorded sketches on a full-size, on-stage screen intermixed with live skits and original songs featuring a small group of talented actors and actresses. Michael Condron is ‘The Smoker’ with an oxygen tank strapped to his little motorized vehicle as he jaunts around the stage; Maria Connolly is ‘Pregnant June;’ Jo Donnelly is ‘Bridie the Cleaner’ and Chris Robinson is ‘Artur the porter,’ each with their own idiosyncratic views of the world in which they live.
Writers Colin Murphy, Dan Gordon and Gary Mitchell leave no stone unturned as they delve into some of the many controversies that have swirled around the northern Irish scene over the last twelve months.
The show opens with Artur, pushing a shopping trolley at a supermarket called ‘Foodsides,’ but rapidly weaves its amusing series of narratives to include disastrous political faux pas by prominent politicians; a sideways analysis of the ongoing debate over whether Northern Ireland should have a South African-style ‘Truth Commission;’ the labyrinth-like discussions on the whereabouts of a national peace center (some consider the former prison, Long Kesh, perfect, while others believe the idea an absolute no-no); emigration; the former Pope’s resignation; and the Catholic Church’s views on various topics such as homosexuality.
Among the show’s highlights are the antics of the ‘Sinn Fein twins,’ two actresses dressed up tightly in black leather coats with balaclavas pulled well down over their ears, one wielding a hurley stick, who raise the roof with their hilarious antics. Another funny skit, focusing on the country’s high unemployment rate, features actors dressed as a fish and a horse with an accordion undergoing interviews at a local Job Center. Then there’s the Pope and his archbishop standing in a Las Vegas style casino…there is plenty more to entertain, as well as educate. Go see and enjoy!

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