The Kitchen, the Bedroom & the Grave

Written by Donal O'Hagan

Directed by Richard Lavery

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 ShoreCillian O'Sullivan, currently starring in 6Degrees; Noel Magee from BBC production Betrayal of Trust, and upcoming Lyric Theatre actor Jason McLaughlin.

Accidental first staged The Kitchen, the Bedroom & the Grave as a rehearsed reading in 2010 and over the course of the next two years continued the script development for a full-scale production. In early 2012 we received a grant from the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project, and with a team of creatively mischievous artists we set about exploring the themes of the play through film and projection techniques. The images below detail some of the work that took place during that week.

...a clever and subtle script allows us to experience a snapshot of the lives we live today...
— Belfast Telegraph
...a play which is both political and personal...
— Belfast Telegraph

Production Photos