A Night in November is the stunning multi-award winning play from Marie Jones, the writer of other hit shows including Women On The Verge Of HRT, Stones In His Pockets, Dancing Shoes; The Story Of George Best, Fly Me To The Moon, Christmas Eve Can Kill You.
Following a recent sell-out run at The Lyric Theatre Belfast, this brand new 25th Anniversary Productions, by Sodabread Theatre Company, performs at Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena, on Friday 6th September 2019 as part of an Irish Tour.
Directed by Matthew McElhinney and starring Matthew Forsythe in the lead role of Kenneth MacCallister this funny, passionate and heartbreaking show sees the actor flex their acting skills, seamlessly shifting through dozens of characters in the story.
A Night In November tells the story of Kenneth MacCallister, a clerk in the local welfare office. Kenneth is a Belfast Protestant who has followed all the rules. He loved who he was supposed to love. He lived where he was expected to live. He fought who he was taught to fight. That is, until one night … A Night In November … when he did the most exciting,outrageous, crazy, mad thing he’d ever done!
MEET THE TEAM:
Marie Jones OBE – Writer
Marie Jones OBE is a Belfast based actress and playwright, although ,more know for writing plays, her acting skills were never more on show that when playing Sarah Conlon in In The Name Of The Father, a film about The Troubles.
She helped found the Charabanc Theatre Company, an all-women touring group. It was created to help counteract the lack of roles for women, and which produced a series of collaboratively written original works. The group’s first play, Lay Up Your Ends, based on a strike by mill girls in the early part of the 20th century, was an immediate hit. She remained with Charabanc until 1990 when she left and co-founded the DubbelJoint Theatre Group in 1991.
The play for which she may be best-known is Stones in His Pockets, a play based on the idea of a Hollywood film company filming a movie in a small Irish village and the resulting impact on that community. This was performed on Broadway to critical acclaim.
She has written a number of stage and television plays, including Tribes (1990), The Hamster Wheel (1991), Fighting the Shadows (1992), Wingnut and the Sprog (1994) and A Night in November (1994). A Night In November, about The Troubles, has been performed to critical acclaim around the world.
Fly Me To The Moon (2012), performed in New York and Belfast, tells the story of Davy, an 84-year-old and his two carers Francis and Loretta. Which returns this summer to Grand Opera House, Belfast.
In 2018 as part of the theatre’s 50th anniversary season the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, produced the world premiere of ‘Dear Arabella’ a series of three monologues for three women.
Matthew McElhinney – Director
Matthew McElhinney is a Director and Actor working on stage and screen throughout the UK and further afield. Recently he played leading roles in ‘Archy in Manhattan,’ by Marie Jones at the Grand Opera House and GBL’s dark farce ‘Three’s a Shroud’ by Stephen Large at the Waterfront Hall.
Recent directing credits include: ‘Footsteps in the Forest’ & ‘Waking the Giant’ (Large scale outdoor events) for Armagh, Newry & Mourne Council; ‘We’ll Walk Hand’ for GBL productions; ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme’ for ‘Belfast Remembers,’ concert in commemoration of Armistice Day; ‘Letters from the Front,’ Co-written and developed for the Heel and Ankle Theatre Company and ‘Frank Carson; Rebel without a Pause,’ with Happenstance Productions at the Edinburgh Festival
Matthew Forsythe Actor – Playing The Role Of Kenneth MacCallister
Matthew Forsythe is a versatile actor, performer and voiceover artist, working throughout the UK and Ireland in both theatre and television. Originally a joiner by trade, he finally followed his aspirations and trained at Drama Studio London (2011), receiving a DaDA Award to support his studies. One of his first roles was sharing the stage with Matthew Lewis (Neville, Harry Potter Films) and Laurence Fox (Lewis) in the acclaimed Our Boys, at the Duchess Theatre in the West End.
His performance in the controversial Mydidae by Jack Thorne at The Mac Belfast received outstanding reviews and at the same theatre, played ‘Cliff Bradshaw’ in Bruiser Theatre Company’s Cabaret. Other notable roles include ‘Dave’ in David Hull’s production of Dirty Dusting at Belfast Grand Opera House and performing at the opening of the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford. Matthew will be at The Mac once again this May, performing in David Hull’s production, Keep Telling Me Lies.
Television credits include BBC’s The Fall, Come Home, My Mother and Other Strangers, The Woman in White and numerous commercials.
Matthew is also a talented singer and shares the stage with his wife Michelle in their 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Soda Popz. They have a three year old daughter Isla.
Gerard McCabe – Producer
Gerard has been acting/directing from 17 years of age, he was the youngest director of Belfast Fringe Festival in 1997. Since then he has worked as an actor for nearly every company in Northern Ireland and many further afield.
He has been producing theatre from 2008 when he founded Pintsized Productions as Artistic Producer and recently passed on the mantle after 10 years in charge and finished directing/producing Dale Farm: Seasons Of Safety project alongside Grand Opera House.
SODABREAD THEATRE COMPANY
Soda Bread Theatre Company has been set up by Actor/Director Gerard McCabe to showcase the best plays and acting talent Ireland has to offer. SodaBread select shows that can get get audiences away from their box sets and down to the theatre box office.
Soda Bread Theatre Companies first production was the premiere of Andrew Doyle’s Borderland Spring 2018 in Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Before touring Girls & Dolls by Lisa McGee(Derry Girls) Autumn 2018 in Gaeity Theatre, Dublin.. Millennium Forum, Derry & SSE Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER
The 25th Anniversary Production by Marie Jones OBE
BRAID ARTS CENTRE BALLYMENA
* Next Friday * 6th September
Tickets On Sale Now
Tel: 028 2563 5077 On Line @ www.thebraid.com
– “AMAZING !!! 5 STARS!!!”
– “Brilliant show! Great energy and engagement with the audience.”
– “Excellent play! Still relevant after 25 years”
– “ BRILLIANT PIECE OF THEATRE! A real, poignant, sensitive, clever, well paced direction by the multi-talented direction of Matthew McElhinney. GENIUS WRITING !!! Marie Jones is an absolute master of her craft … she gets you into an emotional headlock and then tickles you into submission. Powerful subject matter that makes you hold up the mirror to society!”
– “Fabulous show! Matthew was brilliant. Wonderful performance! Top class”