Play Reading: The Devil’s in the Chair

Written by Eoin McAndrew

Directed by Fay Lomas

An explosive and funny new play about family, masculinity and Northern Irish identity from award-winning writer, Eoin McAndrew.

Rural Donegal. A family holiday.

Jamie was recently hit by a car, and is self-medicating on pills and alcohol.

Darragh is rebuilding his life again, and thinks it’ll work this time.

Saoirse’s sons have become grown men that she doesn’t even like.

Liam would just like everyone to be a little bit nicer to each other.

As events force them to a blistering confrontation, some things need saying – and others really, really don’t.

This will be a rehearsed reading. It’ll be followed by a discussion, with refreshments, for those who want to stay – we want to hear your feedback! All tickets are free, but please do reserve a free ticket using this link to help us plan numbers.

Eoin McAndrew’s debut play, The Girl Who Was Very Good At Lying (★★★★★, The Stage), played at Jermyn Street Theatre and Omnibus Theatre, before transferring to Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe. It was nominated for three OffWestEnd Awards. His second play, Russellwas one of the winners of the 37 Plays competition run by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The reading will be directed by Fay Lomas (winner of Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship Award, Rose Theatre Kingston; JMK Directing Award Finalist, OffWestEnd nominated Best Director).

Funded by Arts Council England.


Content Warnings: Contains very strong language, and references to violence, homophobia, and ableism.