Just when the cast thought they'd learnt all their lines, the writers of the Lyric Theatre's comedy review of the year have had to scribble new scenes to take account of the fast-rolling news agenda.
As if 2012 wasn’t packed enough, from the Titanic and Ulster Covenant centenaries to the royal handshake at the Lyric itself, the final month of the year has thrown up new material ripe for lampooning.
The Duchess of Cornwell hit headlines again, this time for a different part of her anatomy - the new royal bump.
Northern Ireland has made national news again for all the wrong reasons and, before you can catch your breath, the world’s most powerful woman, Hillary Clinton rolls into town. One thing’s for sure, talented writing trio, Colin Murphy, Gary Mitchell and Dan Gordon will be watching closely for any gaffes.
Forget Turkey (We’re going to Phuket this Christmas) is a gloriously funny tribute to 2012, where nothing is sacred. From golfing successes and banking crises to banned bonuses and Olympic triumphs, the Lyric’s review looks back on a memorable year ripe for satire.
The talented line-up of Michael Condron (Macbeth), Maria Connolly (Dancing Shoes), Jo Donnelly (The Long Road) and Chris Robinson (Brendan at the Chelsea) are frantically rehearsing new scenes right up to the wire as previews begin this Sunday 9 December.
“I feel the hand of history on my shoulder as 2012 draws to a close and material just keeps popping up,” said writer and director Dan Gordon with a wink. “We’re determined to make this the funniest, silliest night out in Belfast this Christmas where nothing and no one is sacred.”
For groups of between 10 and 80 people, make a night of it and arrive an hour before the performance for some festive bowl food, mince pie and a glass of wine.
Forget Turkey! (We’re going to Phuket this Christmas) runs on the Danske Bank Stage from 13 December 2012 to 13 January 2013 (previews 9, 11 & 12 December). Tickets from £10 - £18.