Scenes From The Big Picture
After four years, Owen McCafferty's Belfast epic comes home
Owen McCafferty’s acclaimed Belfast epic Scenes From The Big Picture will be produced in NI, four years after its inception.
Prime Cut, one of NI's leading independent theatre companies presents the Irish premiere of the play in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall Studio, in September 2007.
Taking place over the course of 24 hours, Scenes From The Big Picture charts a hot summer’s day in the lives of 21 Belfast citizens as their stories interweave and collide. The play was premiered by the National Theatre in 2003 and won an unprecedented three new writing awards.
Since then the play has been produced throughout Europe and America, but this is the first opportunity for NI audiences to see this work which so humanely articulates the experience of a society struggling against a backdrop of economic and political stasis.
‘This is a timely production for Northern Ireland as it enters a new phase of its history,' says Emma Jordan, Creative Producer for Prime Cut Productions. 'The staging of the play provides audiences the opportunity to reflect on the everyday experience of life in Belfast in all its complexities - both comic and tragic.'
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Fund has played a key role in bringing the play to Irish audiences, by providing the largest grant it has ever awarded to a single theatre production.
‘This is one of the most ambitious and large-scale productions to be staged in Northern Ireland,' says Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council. 'We see this as an unmissable opportunity for McCafferty’s Belfast play, which has been a huge international success, to finally be performed in front of a home audience.
‘Scenes From The Big Picture will have a special resonance for Northern Irish audiences and, in the hands of Prime Cut it promises to be an exceptional theatre experience.’
Scenes From the Big Picture plays at the Waterfront Hall Studio, Friday September 7-Saturday September 29. Tickets are available from the Waterfront Hall Box Office: 028 9033 4455.