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Forget Turkey! (We Liked It So Much We’re Going to Phuket Again) review at Lyric Belfast

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Take one top-class comedy writing team – Colin Murphy, Dan Gordon, Gary Mitchell – four versatile performers and 12 months of political mayhem and what do you get? Answer: A cracking, wickedly perceptive end-of-year satirical review, from which no sacred cow survives unscathed.

This is the second of the Lyric’s festive season Forget Turkey format. It returns vastly improved, taking unerring aim at misbehaving politicians, do-gooding careers advisors, complacent television presenters and mealy-mouthed party leaders – among many others. The madness and mischief unfurl within the setting of a run-down supermarket.

In content, context and delivery, this show is for the initiated; it is quintessentially of and for the people of Northern Ireland. Under Gordon’s direction, the pace is fast and furious and the musical numbers spot on. Michael Condron, Maria Connolly, Jo Donnelly and Chris Robinson run amok with some super-sharp, sardonically knowing cameos, sending up something rotten the creaky, queasy corridors of power within which the cogs of government turn.

Production Information

Lyric, Belfast, December 8-January 12

Authors
Colin Murphy, Dan Gordon, Gary Mitchell
Director
Dan Gordon
Composer/sound designer
Garth McConaghie
Cast includes
Michael Condron, Maria Connolly, Jo Donnelly, Chris Robinson
Running time
2hrs 25mins

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