When Ulster Protestant, Kenneth McCallister finds himself on the football terraces for a crucial Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland World Cup qualifying match, little does he know that his hum-drum life is about to change forever. This production of Marie Jones’ smash-hit one-man show, ‘A Night in November’ features Padraic McIntyre playing the part of Kenneth, a protestant dole clerk on a search for his own identity. The play shows how Kenneth deals with his crisis through monologues and soliloquies as well as introducing numerous other characters to interact with.
By the end of the play Kenneth travels to New York to support Jack’s Army in the World Cup and he has come to terms with his identity as an Irish Protestant. “I am a free man, I am a Protestant man, I am an Irish man”.
Jones’ enduringly humorous and challenging play is both uncomfortable and compelling as it lays bare the issues of Protestant identity in 1990’s Northern Ireland. It is the perfect night for a build up to the World Cup 2014.
Marie Jones’s passionate and often hilarious show has enjoyed productions all over the world including the West End and a successful six month run off-Broadway. Padraic McIntyre who plays the part of Kenneth is best known as artistic director of Livin Dred Theatre Company, and as writer/director of ‘The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down’. Apart from the challenging role of Kenneth Padraic creates a myriad of characters on stage among them Kenneth’s decent Roman Catholic boss, Gerry, the chain-smoking, hacking, coughing, venom-spewing Ernie; the poor Catholic welfare applicant whom Kenneth gleefully abuses and the host of friends he makes on his trip to New York, including the bold, flirtatious women he meets at the Second Avenue Irish bar where he watches the big game.
It previews at the Ramor Theatre on Thursday 23rd January and runs for Friday 24th Saturday 25th, Friday 31st, and Saturday 1st February. Booking and further details on www.ramortheatre.com