A play to brighten the spirits

A PLAY described as a “funny, poignant and uplifting hymn to the human spirit” is coming to the Watergate Theatre on September 28.

A PLAY described as a “funny, poignant and uplifting hymn to the human spirit” is coming to the Watergate Theatre on September 28.

Brighton by Jim Nolan is set in the Sisters of Calvary Nursing Home in London and follows plucky Irish widow, Fulham FC supporter and ‘Terror of the Third Floor’, Lily Thompson on her last great adventure.

Sustained by her excursions to the outside world and the friendship of care assistant and passionate Arsenal fan, Dave, the arrival of a new resident, celebrated actor Jack Dunhill, brings them all unexpected challenges and new horizons.

Jim Nolan’s plays include Moonshine, The Salvage Shop, Blackwater Angel and Sky Road. A former writer in association at the Abbey Theatre, he is the newly appointed theatre artist-in-residence at Waterford’s Garter Lane Arts Centre and a member of Aosdána. Directed by Ben Barnes, the production sees the return of Gillian Hanna as Lily and Andrew Macklin as Dave, joined by Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Christopher Saul as Jack.

‘Brighton’ will be performed in the Watergate Theatre on September 28 at 8pm. Tickets are e15/e12 from the box office on 056 7761674.