For those too old for a Santa stocking the Lyric welcomes the return of comedy trio Colin Murphy, Dan Gordon and Gary Mitchell with a new side-splitting review of the year Forget Turkey! (We liked it so much we're going to Phuket again).
The year has gone at a meaty gallop and continues to grill, braise, barbeque and roast us. Will Derry/Londonderry/Legenderry/Mary Berry ever agree on a recipe? Will mixed marriage become a subject at GCSE or earn your partner three points on their licence?
Will North Korea be a happier place when Terri Hooley relocates his Good Vibrations shop there? And will we ever work out what ‘fleg’ to fly on which day of the week and when to illuminate the City Hall with 50 shades of red, white and blue… and green with maybe a hint of orange… and pink and purple…
Directed by Dan (didn’t you used to be Red Hand Luke) Gordon, Forget Turkey! sees the return of a supremely inexpensive local cast of Michael Condron (Tom Cruise body double & Liverpool FC Reserves), Maria Connolly (Miss Ulster Fleg 2012 & All Ireland Feis Wig silver medallist ) Dr Jo Donnelly (Volunteer Dog Warden & Eamonn Holmes Fan Club President) and Sir Chris Robinson A.S.B.O W.T.F O.K complete the twinkling cast line-up.
Writer/director Dan Gordon described it as “the only show for adults this Christmas”.
“Forget Turkey is Northern Ireland’s answer to the The Fast Show – only faster, funnier and showier. Four actors do the work of forty in a clear breach of the European working time directive – the laws of physics and boundaries of cross dressing. MGM (Murphy, Gordon and Mitchell) have been paying closer attention than the CIA to Angela Merkel’s phone. If you’ve crossed the line this year they’ll have your number and you can count on a call. This blazing production will ignite the underwear of all who see it and with our ensemble of under-nourished actors and stolen set, this Christmas show is ‘gonna mock’.”
Damian Smyth, Head of Drama at the, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“The Lyric is once again offering a feast of festive drama for all the family this Christmas. Having provided an outstanding cultural programme over the past 40 years, we anticipate yet more ground-breaking and innovative theatre in 2014. The Arts Council enjoys a strong partnership with the Lyric Theatre and we look forward to another exciting year ahead.”
Forget Turkey! (We’re going to Phuket this Christmas) is running on the Danske Bank Stage until 12 January 2014, various times. Tickets from £10 - £20. "A cracking, wickedly perceptive end-of-year satirical review , from which no sacred cow survives unscathed." The Stage