DEATH (on a shoestring)

By Dave Kinghan

Director: Richard Lavery

Production Company: Accidental Theatre; 2012

DEATH (on a shoestring) appeared in the 2012 Belfast Festival and sold out the run in the Baby Grand at the Grand Opera House, the second of Accidental's shows to do so in that venue.

When Cecilia Malarkey MBE, head of a political correctness watchdog, is accidentally allowed into Heaven, she is disgusted by the lack of politically correct behaviour in Paradise. Refusing someone entry because they're not Christian? Religious discrimination! Malarkey sets about overhauling Heaven's values system, but as it becomes more politically correct, Heaven seems decidedly less heavenly – and soon angels and demons are working together to get the afterlife back in order and Cecilia out!

The play tackled serious questions about dominant religious and sexual issues in Northern Ireland but through a fantasy and heightened comic lens to make such issues approachable and adolescent at first appearances.

Cast: Daisy Brindley, Stephen Clarke, Gary Crossan, Morgaine FitzSymons, Chris Grant, and Róisí­n Magee

Movement Director: Eileen McClory

Composer: Martin Byrne

Costume Designer: Karishma Kusurkar 

Make-Up Artist: Rebekah Coote