JADE CITY

LIGHTING & SET DESIGNER

THE CAVERN, VAULT FESTIVAL 2019

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A punchy and hot-headed show exploring the dark, toxic and tumultuous friendship of two lads in east Belfast.

Sas and Monty are trapped in this place and in their heads. Their friendship orbits around a  damaging and violent event from their pasts. Their imaginative and playful ‘game’ is the only way they can process the mess they feel inside.

Jade City uses rich language and powerful theatrical imagery to explore male friendship and toxic masculinity. The play talks sensitively about a brutally damaging event in their lives, and explores aspects of masculinity and mental health which affect many communities across Belfast, the UK and Ireland. Against these big topics, and as a way to escape the mundanity and trauma of their lives, the men have created a game. It is playful, childish, and allows them to explore their own lives and truths, to a devastating effect.

Developed with support from Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland), Jerwood Foundation and EastSide Arts Belfast.

Cast: Barry Calvert and Brendan Quinn

Writer: Alice Malseed

Director: Katherine Nesbitt

Movement Director: David Quinn

Sound Designer: Michael Mormecha

Stage Manager: Philippa Mannion

Lighting & Set Designer: Timothy Kelly

Photos: Steve Gregson

"there is something undeniably powerful in this story [..] Barry Calvert and Brendan Quinn are both terrific, like two belligerent fighters unknowingly revealing their vulnerable spot, as they dance around Timothy Kelly’s simple boxing ring design which is a kind of trap"

Lyn Gardner