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Driving Home for Christmas

“Creepy and surreal christmas romp”

There are worse places to be snowed in on Christmas Eve than a cosy pub in the country. But it’s an entirely different matter when the place of refuge is the Dander Inn, a run-down shebeen high in the Sperrin Mountains, whose proprietors are a pair of creepy, ageing twins Pat and Paddy. An unlikely collection of lost souls find their way to this god-forsaken place: a young engaged couple, the male members of an Abba tribute band and a smart middle-aged woman called Alison, a supplier of Catholic religious goods.

As Pat/Paddy and musician Frank, Conor Grimes and Alan McKee respectively do what they do best, summoning a gallery of grotesque characters and surreal imaginary scenarios, then switching effortlessly between them. Frankie McCafferty keeps a tight rein on the broad comedy, steering the hapless victims into a gradual acceptance of what passes for normality.

Gary Crossan expends boundless energy as upper crust twit Rudy, though dramatic credibility is tested in his relationship with sensible nurse Ciara (Ruby Campbell). Ali White joyously throws convention to the winds as Alison, a role that does not exactly stretch her considerable acting skills. A dark, queasy plot twist rounds off this minutely observed Christmas comedy that has its creators’ fingerprints stamped all over it.

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Production Details
Production nameDriving Home for Christmas
VenueLyric Theatre
StartsNovember 19, 2019
EndsJanuary 4, 2020
Running time2hrs 15mins
AuthorAlan Mckee, Conor Grimes
DirectorFrankie Mccafferty
Musical directorRod Mcvey
Set designerStuart Marshall
Lighting designerConleth White
Sound designerChris Warner
CastAlan Mckee, Ali White, Conor Grimes, Gary Crossan, Rod Mcvey, Ruby Campbell
Production managerKate Miller, Adrian Mullan
Stage managerAimee Yates
ProducerBelfast, Lyric Theatre
VerdictMuch-loved comedy duo Grimes and McKee craft a dark, creepy and surreal Christmas romp
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