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Belfast Girls

Jaki McCarrick

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Full Length Play, Drama

5f

ISBN: 9780573111822

 “I smell blood all over this ship. I smell two hundred women sick an’ scared an’ missin’ bairns an’ mothers an’ fathers they’re not supposed to even have. Can’t ya smell them? Can’t ya hear them?”

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

Time Period - 19th Century

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Escaping the Irish famine in 1850 five young women seek passage on a ship to Australia. For many of the ‘orphan girls’ on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. But some girls find they cannot escape the memory of the lives they’ve left behind - and that the closer they get to Australia the more powerful the past becomes.

Jaki McCarrick won the 2010 Papatango Prize for New Writing for her play Leopoldville. Belfast Girls was developed at the National Theatre Studio, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 BBC Tony Doyle Award.

Reviews of professional productions in Chicago and Vancouver, 2017:

“Jaki McCarrick’s captivating play Belfast Girls tells the story of five young women who escape starvation in 1850 Ireland by winning passage on a ship bound for Australia as part of Earl Grey’s ‘orphan scheme.’ McCarrick examines themes of class division, race and misogyny through the turbulent journey of these women’s lives which are in one moment heartbreaking and the next humourous.” Vanvouverpresents.com

“Here is an incredible play… The script was incredible and fulsome, the characters totally well flushed out. While the subject matter was deep, the emotional levels allowed the experience to be both enjoyable and moving. The play is an exploration of women moving to other peoples' land to start a new life where their lives in Ireland were horrendous, because acts of colonization (the exportation of their food sources for the privileged people's enrichment and/or enjoyment) was literally starving them to death ... chilling.” Karen Tsang

"A really powerful ensemble piece." Vancouver Sun

"The timing of Belfast Girls and its story of 1850 Irish women emigrating to Australia is perfect in 2017." Brokenlegreviews

"The strength of McCarrick's themes point to the likelihood of its becoming a popular addition to the regional circuit... Highly recommended." Windy City Times

"...a thought-provoking work of historic fiction and tremendous imagination." Theatre World Internet Magazine

"McCarrick provides all these injustices with human faces... and provides a fine study of characters and their world.  Recommended."  The Chicago Critic


Belfast Girls premiered at the Kings Head Theatre, Islington, London on 1st August 2011, as part of the theatre's Monday Night Without Decor season. It was further developed at the National Theatre Studio, London in January 2012.
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5f

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All Female

CASTING NOTES

JUDITH NOONE – 20s

 

MOLLY DURCAN – 17/18

 

HANNAH GIBNEY – 20s/early 30s

 

ELLEN CLARKE – 20s

 

SARAH JANE WYLIE – 19

Author
Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick is an award-winning writer. Her play, Leopoldville, won the 2010 Papatango Prize for New Writing, and her most recent play, Belfast Girls, developed at the National Theatre Studio, London, was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 BBC Tony Doyle Award. It recently premiered in Chicago to much critical acclaim. Jaki’s short story, The Visit, won the 2010 ... view full profile

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William Castellan 19/12/2015 21:10
This is not some piece of fluff about girlfriends who braid each others' hair and joke about boys.  This is a hard-edged survival story, of five tough young women dealing with a tough situation that it normally a footnote in the story of the "Famine".  They grapple with each other, with their grief for their homeland and uncertainty for the future, and their growing political consciousness.  And they do it all with grit and humor.

When I first read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", some scholar called it "an angry document" in an accompanying essay.  Despite the complex note of hope in the ending of this play, I can't get that phrase out of my head.  

The next artistic director I hear complain about having a hard time finding good scripts for women is getting hit in the head by my copy of BELFAST GIRLS.  But not to keep, they can (and should) buy their own.

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