Smash hit play at the Iveagh cinema

A smash hit play that featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is showing at the Iveagh in Banbridge on Wednesday 23 September.

The one woman show ‘Two Sore Legs’ was one of this year’s hit shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, showing at the prestigious Assembly, George Square venue.

Playing to enthusiastic audiences for the month of August with regular standing ovations the show as well as creating lively traffic on Twitter garnered a raft of positive press reviews.

Set in 1950’s and 60’s Belfast, the play tells the true story of the playwright’s mother Bridget, a young Butlin’s Redcoat from West Belfast who had six children by a married man.

The play explores the scandal, the pain, the joy and the fall-out from this extraordinary family arrangement and what it meant for Brenda, her siblings and of course her mother.

From the rowdy and fractious relationship Bridget had with her own father to the explosive but hilarious visits of the local Parish Priest wanting to take her young children from her, this play exudes the most explicit of family emotions and experiences.

In a dynamic performance, previously described by BBC Radio Ulster as a tour de force, Maria Connolly purrs, struts, weeps and explodes around the stage in equal measure, playing all parts as she goes.

The celebrated Irish Playwright and Director Martin Lynch said: “We were overwhelmed by the audience response at Edinburgh. We got a raft of 4 star reviews with both the script by Brenda Murphy and the outstanding performance by Maria Connolly being singled out for special praise.

“This production has it all, an outstanding one woman performance, witty comedy and an intriguing, almost unbelievable storyline that will keep you wondering about this woman’s life”.

Writer Brenda Murphy, added: “I am delighted with the success in Edinburgh and really looking forward to see how local audiences respond on the Northern Ireland tour.

“It’s a very personal story, my most personal play to date, which may be why it generates both tears and laughter”.