Pumpgirl

Lyric Theatre Company presents the internationally-praised production from Newry's Abbie Spallen

There’s one in every town. They call her the Pumpgirl. She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads. 

She’s sweet on 'No-Helmet' Hammy, yet he loves no-one but himself. He’s out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead’s off on a joyride of her own. 

While the building of the new Lyric Theatre proceeds at its Ridgeway Street site, the Lyric Theatre Company continues to produce theatre shows. The next presentation is the Irish premiere production of Pumpgirl

A turbo-charged race through diesel fumes and country music of the borderlands of south Armagh, the play features the eponymous Pumpgirl, rebel racer Hammy and his wife Sinead. The three characters are on a course for a dramatic collision, but will they survive the impact?

The play, written by Newry playwright Abbie Spallen, is set in a petrol station just north of the border, located on the wrong side of the fluctuating exchange rate. 

Abbie Spallen's 'Pumpgirl'The business is on its last legs. Battered, faded signs grace the stage - desperate attempts at enticing customers with cheap bottles of cola. 

Pumpgirl was originally produced by the Bush Theatre, London and received its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006. 

It was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York in 2007 to rave reviews. Awarding the play four stars, the Guardian praised the production, writing, 'Abbie Spallen comes out all guns blazing, with writing so sparky and intricately observed, it seems as if it might spontaneously combust.'

The New York Times considered Pumpgirl 'a fiercely observed, unflinching play, emphasising the staggering force of good storytelling.' 

Directed by Andrew Flynn, this latest production features 21-year-old Samantha Heaney from Newry in the title role, Stuart Graham as Hammy and Maggie Hayes as Sinead. 

Pumpgirl runs at the Queen's Drama Studio, College Square, Belfast from Monday September 1 - Saturday September 20. Performances are nightly at 8pm (excluding Sundays). 

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