• Denouement


A Lyric Theatre and Traverse Theatre Co-Production by John Morton

Denouement will be presented as an audio recorded rehearsed reading from Mon 7th – Sun 27th Sept


Who knows how long more the arse will be dragged out of this?
It’s 2048 and the end of the world is nigh.


Actually, it’s not that nigh – it’s been going on for flipping ages and everyone’s a bit over it, to be honest.
Liam and his long-suffering wife Edel have been up all night trying to get their chaotic affairs into some kind of order, surrounded by dozens of empties from last night’s raging party. They feel rough, they’re on edge, and they’re blasting music to drown out the cataclysmic noise outside as cities start to disappear and the world’s animals go haywire.
Liam is hammering furiously at his typewriter, finishing the memoirs that no-one will ever read. Edel is wrangling with her laptop, desperately trying to say a final goodbye to their beloved kids. And they’re both reflecting on past regrets – and trying to put them right in sometimes bloody, messy, outrageous ways.
As tempers fray, family secrets are outed and their behaviour becomes ever more questionable, Liam and Edel try to work out what really matters as they career towards a bickering end – while the world literally falls apart around them.


John Morton’s brutally comic Denouement – presented as an audio recorded reading – was nominated for the inaugural Popcorn Award for playwriting.
A co-production between the Traverse Theatre and Lyric Theatre Belfast stars real-life couple Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls) as Liam and Marie Jones (In the Name of the Father) as Edel, is directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Co-Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls (Crocodile Fever, Ulster American) and features sound design and composition by Michael John McCarthy.  This production was due to premiere at the Traverse Festival in August before playing on the Main Stage in September.



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WriterJohn Morton

Director – Gareth Nicholls

Composer and Sound designer – Michael John McCarthy

Dramaturg – Rebecca Mairs


Ian McElhinney

Marie Jones

Nicky Harley

Patrick McBrearty

Leah McGregor