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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jaki hopes to see Belfast Girls premiere in Canada

Following its successful run in Chicago in 2015, where it was named as the Windy City's Times Critics' Pick, Jaki McCarrick's play Belfast Girls, will make its debut in Canada next month.

The play by the Dundalk writer about young Irish women sent to Australia in the 19th century was a huge success in Chicago.

Now, it will have its Canadian premiere in White Rock, British Columbia on March 11 before transferring to the Vancouver Cultch for 18 performances.

It's being staged by Peninsula Productions whose artistic director Wendy Bollard, fell in love with the script last year during her eight months in London studying for a master's degree in directing through the famous University of Essex.

Jaki hopes to travel to Canada to see the play open in White Rock and has been generous in offering help, support and advice, according to Wendy. 'I certainly hope Jaki makes it out here for the opening,' she told her local newspaper. 'It's a great privilege to be able to direct her play. She's a fantastic person and a great writer.'

While it has yet to be staged in Ireland, 'Belfast Girls' was short listed for several awards after it was staged at the King's Head Theatre in London in 2011 and will be staged again in the United States in 2018 before touring to Sydney, Australia.

The Argus

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