Gary Mitchell’s new play Smiley begins a four-week run at the Lyric on June 4. A crime caper about a group of Belfast misfits who decide to form a 5-a-side team and try to win a lucrative football tournament, but are instead forced to rob the organisers by ex-paramilitaries, Smiley is directed by Conall Morrison and stars Michael Condron, Jo Donnelly, James Doran, Roisin Gallagher, Gerard McCabe, Gavin Peden, Kerri Quinn and Tommy Wallace.
Gary Mitchell said, “I’ve always wanted to write a play that mixes football and comedy with the sense of optimism and progress that you see and feel in Northern Ireland today, and I’m really pleased that Smiley will have its premiere at the Lyric just before the Euros kick off.”
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer of the Lyric added, “Smiley is a high-octane, laugh-out-loud play, and a terrific new piece of writing from one of our foremost playwrights. It’s full of larger-than-life Belfast characters with an amazing cast of Northern Irish actors to match – all in all it’s a great start to summer at the Lyric!”
Smiley, by Gary Mitchell, runs from June 4 – July 2 on the Danske Bank Stage.