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c21 Theatre Company’s latest production captivates the audience

A young woman's positivity against adversity, inspired the audience at c21's production of 'May the Road Rise Up' during its opening night at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. This one-woman show, written by Rosemary Jenkinson, in her fourth collaboration with c21 Theatre Company

A young woman’s positivity against adversity, inspired the audience at c21’s production of ‘May the Road Rise Up’ during its opening night at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. This one-woman show, written by Rosemary Jenkinson, in her fourth collaboration with c21 Theatre Company, is on at the Lyric Theatre until Saturday 24th February, before embarking on a tour of Northern Ireland.

An inspiring and touching tribute to the many young people who overcome tribulations with positivity and strength, ‘May the Road Rise Up’ is a fast-paced black comedy which follows Belfast native Mia, played by Christine Clare, along a hilarious, yet bumpy road called life.

Following some questionable life decisions, alongside a particularly unruly influence in her life, Mia’s continual positive nature adds to the play’s charm, offering a sense of comic relief whilst highlighting the current and real-life problems associated with her journey, which results in her living on the streets in Belfast.

With the title taken from a traditional Irish blessing to mean ‘may you succeed on the road’, this show is set to have you laughing, empathising and rooting for Mia in her bid to succeed in life, you won’t want to miss it!

Following the opening night at the Lyric Theatre, director and co-founder of c21, Stephen Kelly, said; “The opening night at the Lyric was a huge success. Seeing the audience’s reaction made the hard work over the last few weeks and months all worthwhile. It was great to see the audience resonate with Mia’s struggle and take away a powerful message of no matter what life throws at you, to keep smiling. If Mia can do it, anyone can.

“The feedback by some people who work in the homeless sector, who have already seen the show, has just been fantastic, highlighting that Rosemary Jenkinson’s storytelling is once again true to life.

“May the Road Rise Up is a one woman show and Christine Clare as Mia has been just fantastic. She really captured the essence of Rosemary’s writing.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with everyone and I look forward to taking this show on the road.”

This production is proudly sponsored by Belfast City Council, Doyle Shipping Group and Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery Funding and includes the following performances:

Date Location
20th – 24th February Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast
1st March The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
2nd March Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
8TH March The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
9th March The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey
10th March Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
19th April The Alley Theatre, Strabane
20th April Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

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