By Owen McCafferty

‘Owen McCafferty has written far bigger things since Mojo Mickybo but, for all the awards he has subsequently won, it’s hard to argue that he has written anything better.’ Evening Standard ****

The story of two boys growing up in Belfast in the summer of 1970, MOJO MICKYBO is a poetic, colourful and deeply humane play about a people, a time and a country. 

“If Superman was here there’d be no bombs”

“Aye – he’d hear them ticking with his x-ray ears”

Poignant, funny and unsentimental, MOJO MICKYBO is about two boys escape from a city overshadowed by hatred and fear.

Two actors play seventeen parts in this fast moving and lively show which is the first play by award winning writer Owen McCafferty to be seen at the Arcola.  His previous work includes the acclaimed Scenes from the Big Picture (NT), Days of Wine and Roses (Donmar) and Shoot the Crow.

‘You’ll find everything here, from gut wrenching grief to cackling joy.’ – Time Out

‘Makes McCafferty look like a Northern Irish Chekhov…[his] ability is striking’ – The Guardian

Artwork by Stephen Quick –


By Owen McCafferty