Demented – new crime caper comedy

A bank heist is always going to be risky but when it involves a man with a disability who has an axe to grind and his dementia-suffering neighbour the stakes are bound to be raised.

The Lyric Theatre presents Demented a brand new comedy thriller from award-winning Belfast playwright Gary Mitchell which is a rollercoaster of laughs from start to finish.

It tells the story of divorcee Andrew (Ian Beattie) who is taking care of his father James, played by Roy Heayberd, who is in the early stages of dementia. Keith (Michael Liebmann) his next-door-neighbour is in a wheelchair after a road accident which wasn’t his fault. Keith’s girlfriend Felicity played by Roisin Gallagher (Weddins, Weeins & Wakes) is listed as his care person but is more likely to borrow his car, money and anything else she wants. Felicity works at the bank, where the manager, Justin played by Richard Orr is the driver who put Keith in a wheelchair.

This colourful couple hatch up a plan to rob the bank with the beleaguered James next-door and try to persuade Andrew to be their getaway driver. At first Andrew doesn’t want to know until Felicity tells him they could use the money to cure his father’s dementia. What could possibly go wrong?

Demented is award-winning Belfast playwright Gary Mitchell’s 20th original stage play. Showcasing the best of local talent Demented sees many of the cast of Gary Mitchell’s recent hit play Re-Energise reunited, including Michael Liebmann, Jo Donnelly and Gavin Peden. Richard Orr had the lead role in Gary’s first stage play,Independent Voice back in 1993.

Former Artistic Director of the Lyric, Richard Croxford, returns to direct Demented in the Naughton Studio.

“I commissioned Gary Mitchell more than a year and a half ago to write a comedy thriller and he has certainly delivered the goods,” he said.

Demented is a brilliant, madcap story with loads of twists and turns and some hilarious characters. You never quite know what’s going to happen next. It keeps you guessing right to the very last scene. I think it will have a very large appeal to both young and old, and anyone with a wicked sense of humour! I think it is one of Gary’s finest scripts to date. It is an outrageously funny play but with a poignant punch at the end.”