Mojo Mickybo at The Old Red Lion Theatre

A Boxed Cat production’s Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty, which is directed by Emily Jenkins will run at The Old Red Lion Theatre from May 17 2011 until June 4 2011.

Boxed Cat productions revisits Owen McCafferty’s celebrated tale of two young boys growing up amidst the violence and turmoil that surrounded Belfast at the onset of The Troubles. With today’s Northern Ireland in economic free-fall and again facing the threat of resurgent sectarian violence, the harsh realities in McCafferty’s script – of childhood lived on the brink of terror – sound a stark and timely warning:

Belfast. 1970.The Summer. Two boys – one from up the road the other for over the bridge – are brought together by the heroic adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a shared defiance towards notorious neighbourhood roughs Gank the Wank and Fuckface.

Yet whilst Mojo and Mickybo are busy having mock shoot-outs and sabotaging their enemies, the adults about them are warring for real.

“ – Belfast is mad and we’re all getting murdered in our beds

  – all of us?

  – Everybody.”

Award-winning playwright OWEN McCAFFERTY draws on his own experience growing up in 1970’s Belfast to explore the exuberance and innocence of childhood friendships set against a backdrop of fear and brutality, whilst also capturing the often hilarious colloquial language of his home town.

Fresh from his West End success as Elwood Blues in The Blues Brothers, ROGER THOMSON is the insatiable Mickybo. He is joined, as the loyal Mojo, by fellow Irishman IARLA McGOWAN, currently playing the title role in Love and Madness’ critically acclaimed UK Tour of Richard III.

EMILY JENKINS has worked extensively with new writing theatres including The Young Vic. Recent productions include Re:Stack; Theatre 503 and Elvis is Jesus; The Camden Roundhouse. She is currently assistant director for David Grindely’s production of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at The Theatre Royal Bath.

When it was last performed in 2007 The Times said that Mojo Mickybo directly shows “the absurdity of sectarianism” as it crept upon Ireland. With that spectre of sectarian conflict looming once more, there has never been a more fitting time to look back at the true, catastrophic effects such division can have upon society.

Director Emily Jenkins and designer Mike Lees’ unadorned staging embraces the immediacy and simplicity of traditional Irish story-telling, trusting in the physical and emotional dexterity of the performers to create the rich experience of 1970’s Belfast.

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