Friday 19 April 2019

Jaki looking forward to making New York debut

Dundalk writer Jaki McCarrick is set to celebrate another milestone when the Pond Theatre Company present the world premiere of her play The Naturalists in September.

This production marks the New York debut for Jaki, who is best known for her play Belfast Girls, which has been staged in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Set in a rural hamlet in County Monaghan, The Naturalists follows the story of brothers Francis and Billy Sloane.

'At the heart of The Naturalists is how individuals, both familiar and new, find solace in the natural world and with each other,' said Jaki. 'It's also a play about redemption and finding a deeply personal relationship with a natural world that evidently needs looking after.'

The play is set on the Irish border with references the Troubles but also climate change and how we must, like its central character, become 'guardians of the earth' in order to heal and move forward.

Founded by an international group of actors from Ireland, the UK, and the United States, The Pond Theatre Company is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging Irish and English playwrights to US audiences.

'The cast and directors are wonderful,' says Jaki who is looking forward to travelling to New York for the production. She will be taking part in an audience discussion in mid-September.

Meanwhile, An Táin Arts Centre's theatre company in residence, Quintessence Theatre, are doing a rehearsed reading of 'The Belfast Girls' this week. It's hoped that this will lead to a co-production of the play by Quintessence and Belfast's Lyric Theatre in 2020.

The Argus