Mental health takes centre stage at arts centre





Roscommon Arts Centre have announced that Belfast-based theatre company, Prime Cut Productions, are bringing their critically acclaimed theatre double bill featuring Fintan Brady’s ‘East Belfast Boy’ and John Patrick Higgins’ ‘Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful’ to the arts centre stage on Friday, February 1st at 8 pm.

  This double bill explores the complexities of male mental health in contrasting performative styles.

  Emma Jordan, Artistic-Director of Prime Cut Productions says: “I am so delighted to be able to bring these two plays, by two unique Northern Irish writers, back to share with more audiences. The subject of mental health and fractured masculinity have never been more topical and yet we still lack the skills to tackle the issues appropriately. I hope these productions will help create more dialogue and a better understanding”.

  The performances will take place on Friday, February 1st from 8 pm. Tickets are €16/€14 and are

available now from Roscommon Arts Centre on


East Belfast Boy

Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and…the boys. With pumping techno, pulverising movements and street sharp poetry, East Belfast Boy is a rollercoaster ride and a cliche-free zone. Written by Fintan Brady, East Belfast Boy is a thrilling spoken word show by Ryan McParland and set to an original soundtrack by internationally acclaimed DJ Phil Kieran with choreography by award-wining dancer, Oona Doherty.

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

Malachy has made a decision, perhaps for the first time in his life. Tonight is the night. He has six bottles of wine, a bucket of chicken and he wants to talk about it. He really wants to talk about it.

  Poignant and confessional, Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is also desperately funny. Funny to the bone. Written by John Patrick Higgins, this is a powerful story about Malachy, a man facing an epic mid-life crisis. It stars Simon O’Gorman and is directed by Rhiann Jeffrey.