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Image: Lorcan Cranitch and Liam Carney in Two Pints by Roddy Doyle Directed by Caitriona McLoughlin. Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Irish writer Roddy Doyle has been tapping into the minds of working class Dubliners since he released his first novel The Commitments in 1987. That work was turned into a hugely successful movie and now it’s his 2012 novel Two Pints that is being brought to life, this time as a theatrical production, which has its British premiere at Newcastle’s Live Theatre from Wednesday 12th-Sunday 23rd September, with further shows planned for The Peacock in Sunderland from Tuesday 25th-Friday 28th September as part of Sunderland Stages.  

Roddy frequently posts short comic dialogues on his Facebook page which are implied to be between two old men in a pub, often relating to current events in Ireland such as the 2015 marriage referendum, but also touching on subjects that we can all relate to like death, Nigella Lawson, North Korea, family and the afterlife. The posts eventually spawned a novella entitled Two Pints and a sequel, Two Further Pints, in 2014, so there is plenty of material for director Caitriona McLaughlin to work with. Having enjoyed a run of successful shows in Ireland situated, rather appropriately, in pubs, the bar will be returning to Live Theatre to serve the audience pints of Guinness, with the favourite tipple stocked especially for the play at The Peacock. Sounds like good craic to us!

 

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