Bag for Life

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A chance encounter sparks off a cycle of revenge, psychosis and obsession in this thriller from Colin Bateman.

Award winning novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman’s second stage play asks the question – can forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland?

The show tells the tale of Karen, a young bored mother, who is out shopping one Saturday when she turns and runs slap bang into a figure from her past. Initially unable to place the person it is with horror that it dawns on her that this happy family man is none other than the ex-paramilitary who 22 years earlier murdered her brother.

Actress Julie Addy delivers a real tour de force performance as Karen. The characters thoughts, whims and delusions brought to sparkling life by an intricate series of video displays perfectly capturing her frantic fractured mindset.

“What are we to make of the men of violence whose time has been and gone, and who have settled into both civil and civilian life? Is there any reason at all to suppose that their capacity for murder has somehow drained away, or will it always be there, like a lining of grease and fat lurking in their mental plumbing?”

Commissioned as a legacy project for Derry Londonderry’s 2013 UK City of Culture, this powerful and captivating play received a hugely successful premiere at The Playhouse, Derry  in April 2016 before going on to a sellout run at The Open House festival in Bangor and standing ovations at The Lyric Theatre Belfast.


“One of the strongest pieces of theatre ever produced in Derry…. believable, near the knuckle in places, entertaining and disturbing…” – Derry Journal

“A raw, powerful and no-holds-barred journey through the deepest, darkest emotions we have all…Bag for Life will stir the darkest recesses of the Northern Irish soul”- The Irish News

“Addy delivers a tour-de-force in her eighty minute monologue”- Culture NI

“Intense, realistic and filled with mountains of black humour”-

“One of the most visually arresting plays of the year”-

  • Category: Drama / Highlights
  • Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
  • Time: 8pm
  • Tickets: €15/€12
  • Age recommendation: Contains strong language. Suitable ages 15+

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