Up-and-coming journalist Dempsey loves his London life – but is suddenly shipped home to Belfast to make a documentary on the changing face of good ol' Norn Iron.
A Christmas visitor at best, Dempsey has his fingers crossed for a quick job and a leap up the career ladder. But his parents (Tom and Martha) and his oldest school buddy (Mark) have their own agendas for him, and soon Dempsey is forced out from behind his camera.
O’Hagan’s stage debut is a multimedia exploration of homecoming that rips into ideas about family and identity, and asks how far can a person be the author of their own life. With a superb cast, starring Maggie Cronin best known for her role in the BBC's long-running daytime drama Doctors and Academy award winning short film The Shore; Cillian O'Sullivan, currently starring in 6Degrees; Noel Magee from BBC production Betrayal of Trust, and upcoming Lyric Theatre actor Jason McLaughlin.
In October some of the Accidental team headed off to London for a research trip, looking into three forms of art and theatre for future projects in 2014/15. It was a very useful and inspirational trip to explore, multimedia, immersive and other types of theatre. We'll be saying more in the next few weeks, but we can't wait to put some of what we discovered into our forthcoming work.
Another Fast & Loose has come to a close, with the team having spent 24 hours in the Lyric Theatre which felt more like a month. It was certainly the work of a full production crammed precisely into one whole day. Thank you again to everyone involved in this challenging project, we hope you all really enjoyed being a part of it this year.
LATEST BLOG POST: I think of Fast & Loose as the Thanksgiving moment of Accidental’s theatre year: An annual gathering time. Moments of high-stress and hilarity shared among (very suddenly formed!) families. A ton of preparation for a single meal. Tiffs and bickering on the avenue to something delectable.
This month we're excited to announce that Accidental was awarded a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund to host Emily DeDakis on a training Fellowship with us. Emily has been a frequent face at Accidental and a long time volunteer on our work since 2009 and we are very excited to be able to help further her training as an artist.