Theatre Review: May the Road Rise Up at the Lyric Theatre Belfast

c21 Theatre Company are back with another punchy production this time exploring the issue of homelessness through Rosemary Jenkins new write May the Road Rise Up. Peppered with Belfast slang and some fantastic choreography and a great use of the space. May the Road Rise up is produced only with cardboard boxes, projection and a very skilled actress. A production which takes the audience on a ride of highs and lows with powerful blows to the heart inbetween, it shows all too easily showing just how easy it is to become homeless.

Mia played by the talented Christine Clare is a fun loving party girl who lives for the weekend and the open road in her delivery truck. She recalls stories of some stereotypical customers with humour but it’s when her life starts to unravel that Jenkins starts to take a few swipes and jabs at the system. It is fast paced and full of witty remarks, although how Clare learnt such a vast script I will not never know. Direction by Stephen Kelly is emotive and restrained, the character of Mia could become bigger than the issues discussed but Kelly makes poignant moments to make you reflect.

An enjoyable and thought provoking production. Get tickets now as the production runs until the 24th Feb in the Lyric and then goes on tour throughout NI.

Emer D xx

http://www.c21theatrecompany.com

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