A new play by Jane Coyle is set to tour Northern Ireland at the start of September. Both Sides comprises two interlocking monologues – Me Here, Me and Before Before – which have been inspired by the writing of Samuel Beckett.
Both Sides is an intriguing double-edged play, concerning two women, Stella and Estelle. In the first, a young woman sits in a Paris café, watching the world go by. Every passer-by seems to have a story. Is hers about to be revealed? In the second, a middle aged woman sits in a bar in Nice, observing the people around her. She reflects on a colourful life and a loss too painful to bear.
It will play in four venues across the country:
The Old Courthouse, Antrim, 6th September
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, 7th September
Duncairn Centre, Belfast, 8th September
Down County Museum, Downpatrick, 9th September
On 4th November, Jane will also have a staged reading at the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival in Armagh, complementing Conor Carville’s talk about Patrick Magee, one of Beckett’s favourite actor.
The play received a great response to its first outing in The Dark Horse at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May, with near sell-out audiences and very kind reviews, the Irish News describing the show as “an evening spent in Paris and Nice … insightful writing, sensitive performances.” Me Here, Me was also previously performed at last year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and at the Paris Fringe.
Performed by Hannah Coyle and Libby Smith, Both Sides also features classic French dance music played live on violin and concertina by Mark Prescott and Annette Collins.