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Bag for Life

"What are we to make of the men of violence whose time has been and gone, and who have settled into both civil and civilian life? Is there any reason at all to suppose that their capacity for murder has somehow drained away, or will it always be there, like a lining of grease and fat lurking in their mental plumbing?"
Award winning novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman's second stage play asks the question, can forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland?
Commissioned as a legacy project for Derry Londonderry's 2013 UK City of Culture, this powerful and captivating play is laced with the blackest of humour, and received a hugely successful script-in-hand reading at the Open House Festival in Bangor, 2015 before its world premiere in The Playhouse, Derry, in April 2016.

Colin Bateman is a novelist and screenwriter from Bangor, Co. Down. He has written thirty-five novels, including Divorcing Jack, Mystery Man and most recently Papercuts. He wrote the screenplays for the movies Divorcing Jack, Wild About Harry and The Journey, which tells the story of the unlikely friendship between the late Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, starring Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney.  

Directed by The Playhouse director and producer Kieran Griffiths and starring highly regarded actor Julie Addy, this production has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. 

"a raw, powerful and no-holds-barred journey through the deepest, darkest emotions we have all...Bag for Life will stir the darkest recesses of the Northern Irish soul" Irish News
"a play which transcends political ideologies or aspirations, class territories or clan warfare. Addy delivers a tour-de-force in her eighty minute monologue" Culture NI
"one of the strongest pieces of theatre ever produced in Derry.... believable, near the knuckle in places, entertaining and exceptional piece of theatre that will stay with the audience long after the house lights have come back up and the seats have emptied...." Derry Journal
"Intense, realistic and filled with mountains of black humour"
"Avant-garde production"