A Night in November by Marie Jones

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Date: 11 Nov - 28 Nov 2021
Time: 7:45pm or 3pm
Duration: 105 mins
Location: Downstairs Theatre
£12.50 - £25
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Dates & Times for A Night in November by Marie Jones
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Thu 11 Nov 2021 7:45pm £16.00 Book Now
Fri 12 Nov 2021 7:45pm £16.00 Book Now
Sat 13 Nov 2021 7:45pm £20.00 Book Now
Sun 14 Nov 2021 3:00pm £16.00 Book Now
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Team & Cast

Team

Director: Matthew McElhinney

Matthew McElhinney is a Director and Actor working on stage and screen throughout the UK and further afield. Recently he played leading roles in Archy in Manhattan by Marie Jones at the Grand Opera House and GBL’s dark farce Three’s a Shroud by Stephen Large at the Waterfront Hall.

"I grew up with this play and it grew up with me. A Night in November is an exploration of identity written when I was beginning to form my own. It tells of one man’s triumphant journey. I watched a similar journey of triumph occur in real-time from the stands of Windsor Park over the last 25 years. From the darkest days of Northern Irish football to the accolade of ‘The Best Fans in Europe.’ Identity is defined not by our labels but by our actions. It is an honour to revive this piece for the 25th anniversary to look back and appreciate just how far we’ve come."

Recent directing credits include Footsteps in the Forest & Waking the Giant, both large scale outdoor events for Armagh, Newry & Mourne Council; We’ll Walk Hand for GBL productions;  Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme for Belfast Remembers concert in commemoration of Armistice Day; Letters from the Front, co-written and developed for the Heel and Ankle Theatre Company and Frank Carson: Rebel without a Pause with Happenstance Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe. 


Writer: Marie Jones OBE

Marie Jones OBE is a Belfast based actor and playwright. Although better known for writing plays, her acting skills were never more on show than when playing Sarah Conlon in In the Name of the Father.
 
"The actor, director and producer of this production of Night in November were not even teenagers when this play was first performed. The fact that twenty five years on it still resonates with them is humbling and the passion they bring to restaging it for another generation is incredibly exciting." 

The play for which she may be best-known is Stones in His Pockets, a play based on the idea of a Hollywood film company filming a movie in a small Irish village and the resulting impact on that community. This was performed on Broadway to critical acclaim.

She has written a number of stage and television plays, including Tribes (1990), The Hamster Wheel (1991), Fighting the Shadows (1992), Wingnut and the Sprog (1994) and A Night in November (1994) which was performed to critical acclaim all over the world. 
 

Producer: Gerard McCabe

Gerard has been acting/directing from 17 years of age, he was the youngest director of Belfast Fringe Festival in 1997. Since then he has worked as an actor for nearly every company in Northern Ireland and many further afield. He has been producing theatre from 2008 when he founded Pintsized Productions as Artistic Producer and recently passed on the mantle after 10 years in charge and finished directing/producing Dale Farm: Seasons Of Safety project alongside Grand Opera House, Belfast.


Music composer: Garth McConaghie

Garth has worked extensively as a Composer, Sound Designer, Musical Director, Arranger and Music Producer for studios, theatre, film and television. Garth’s work has been performed and broadcast all over the UK, Ireland and internationally as part of theatrical productions, exhibitions, art installations, television and radio.

Recent TV/Radio Credits include: Derry Girls Seasons 1 and 2 (Hat Trick Productions, Channel 4); My Mother and Other Strangers (BBC 1); Malaria, Comic Relief / FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony (BBC, Flickerpix, dir. Richard Curtis); Days Like This (BBC NI, nominated for IFTA); Wee Wise Words (BBC NI); Not Now Farley (BBC Learning Zone); On the Air (BBC NI); Ulster Volunteers (RTE); A Year in Sex City (DoubleBand Films/BBC 1).

Most Recent Theatre Credits include: Distortion (MAC Belfast); A Christmas Carol (MAC Belfast); Rebus: Long Shadows (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); The Miami Showband Story (GBL Productions, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Gaeity Theatre, Dublin); Bouncers (Big Telly / MAC Belfast); Spud! (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Freak Show (Big Telly); Tamed (Southwark Playhouse, London); The Elves and the Shoemaker (MAC Belfast); A Night in November (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Penguins (Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Cahoots NI); Under the Hawthorn Tree (MAC Belfast, Cahoots NI); Hansel & Gretel (MAC Belfast); Aladdin (SSE Arena, Belfast); Nivelli’s War (New Victory Theater, Broadway, New York, Lyric Theatre, Belfast); The Faerie Thorn (Big Telly); Madame Geneva (Macha Productions); Pinocchio (MAC Belfast, Cahoots NI); Macbeth (YMT:UK, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, RADA Studios and Sadler’s Wells Theatre); Christmas Eve Can Kill You (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Shh! We Have a Plan (Cahoots NI, touring USA, 2017); Egg (Cahoots NI, touring USA, 2016); The Scarlet Web (Big Telly); Mistletoe & Crime (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Sometimes There’s Light [Sometimes There’s Dark] (Moving Dust, Asylum, London and touring, 2014); God of Carnage (Prime Cut Productions); Crazy (GBL Productions); My English Tongue, My Irish Heart (Green Shoot Productions); Forget Turkey (Lyric Theatre, Belfast).

 

Set Designer: Chris Hunter

Chris has worked for the last 15 years in set and costume design and scenic painting. 

Recent design work includes;

  • The Eco Project, The Patriot Game, The Heresy of Love, Blackout Lyric Creative Learning
  • Betrothed, Threes a Shroud, Flesh and Blood Women GBL/Greenshoots 
  • Bah Humbug! Lyric Theatre Belfast
  • The Real Housewives of Norn Iron Red Brick Road Productions.

She loves working with the emerging Soda Bread Theatre helping them grow and continue making top quality theatre productions.

 

LX Designer: Mary Tumelty 


Recent credits include:  Lighting Design for The Belfast Ensemble & Outburst Festival Arts, Abomination (Lyric Theatre Belfast, Oct 2019) which went on and won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera 2020; Installation Design for Crazy Golf Craigavon (CDM, May 2019); Associate Lighting Design for Paul Keogan Christmas for Dummies, (Baby Grand, Grand Opera House, Dec 20190);  Associate Lighting Design for Paul Keogan on the revival of Shirley (Lyric Theatre Belfast, Feb 2020); Lighting Design for Kindermusik (Belfast Children's Festival, March 2020); Lighting Design Ten Plagues (Film Credit, The Belfast Ensemble. May 2020); Lighting Design for Shankill/Falls Women's Project (Sep 2020); Lighting Design for Democracy Dances - For Orchestra and Electronics collaboration with Ulster Orchestra and The Belfast Ensemble (Film Credit. Waterfront Hall, Belfast Nov 2020); Lighting Design for The Musician (The Belfast Ensemble, Film Credit. Lyric Theatre Belfast, March 2021); Lighting Assistant, Northern Ireland Opera (Film Credit for Causeway Productions, March 2021); Lighting Installation Design Airtastic (Abbey center Belfast, April 2021); Lighting Design, TV. Conversations with Friends (CWF Productions. Element Pictures, BBC Three, Hulu, June 2021); Lighting Design, with Landmark Productions, The Saviour at The Everyman Theatre, for Cork's Midsummer Festival (June 2021); Production Designer, The Car Park (Partisian Productions, June 2021); Relight, The Dead An Opera (The Gaiety Theatre Dublin 
July/August 2021); Zodiak Kids CBBC Pyrotechnics Design, programmer and Operator (July 2021); Relight Landmark Productions Backwards up a rainbow (Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, September 2021); Lighting Design, Body Politics (Brian Friel Theatre, Macha Productions, September 2021). Mary is delighted to be working with Soda Bread Theatre Company, doing Lighting Design on A Night in November in November. 

Cast

Matthew Forsythe as Kenneth McCallister

Matthew Forsythe is a versatile actor, performer and voiceover artist, working throughout the UK and Ireland in both theatre and television.
  
Matthew was actually at the match in question as a 12-year-old in the crowd that night in November 1993.

Originally a joiner by trade, he finally followed his aspirations and trained at Drama Studio London (2011), receiving a DaDA Award to support his studies. One of his first roles was sharing the stage with Matthew Lewis (Neville, Harry Potter Films) and Laurence Fox (Lewis) in the acclaimed Our Boys, at the Duchess Theatre in the West End. His performance in the controversial Mydidae by Jack Thorne at the MAC, Belfast received outstanding reviews and at the same theatre, played ‘Cliff Bradshaw’ in Bruiser Theatre Company’s Cabaret. Other notable roles include ‘Dave’ in David Hull’s production of Dirty Dusting at Grand Opera House, Belfast and performing at the opening of the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford. Matthew also performed in David Hull’s production, Keep Telling Me Lies at the MAC.

Television credits include BBC’s The Fall, Come Home, My Mother and Other Strangers, The Woman in White and numerous commercials. 

Matthew is also a talented singer and shares the stage with his wife Michelle in their 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Soda Popz. They have a three-year-old daughter Isla. 
 

Matthew McElhinney as Kenneth McCallister understudy on Friday 26 November.

Matthew McElhinney is a Director and Actor working on stage and screen throughout the UK and further afield. Recently he played leading roles in Archy in Manhattan by Marie Jones at the Grand Opera House and GBL’s dark farce Three’s a Shroud by Stephen Large at the Waterfront Hall.

"I grew up with this play and it grew up with me. A Night in November is an exploration of identity written when I was beginning to form my own. It tells of one man’s triumphant journey. I watched a similar journey of triumph occur in real-time from the stands of Windsor Park over the last 25 years. From the darkest days of Northern Irish football to the accolade of ‘The Best Fans in Europe.’ Identity is defined not by our labels but by our actions. It is an honour to revive this piece for the 25th anniversary to look back and appreciate just how far we’ve come."

Recent directing credits include Footsteps in the Forest Waking the Giant, both large scale outdoor events for Armagh, Newry & Mourne Council; We’ll Walk Hand for GBL productions;  Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme for Belfast Remembers concert in commemoration of Armistice Day; Letters from the Front, co-written and developed for the Heel and Ankle Theatre Company and Frank Carson: Rebel without a Pause with Happenstance Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Reviews

Reviews

Alan in Belfast

The combination of Marie Jonesʼ writing, Matthew Forsytheʼs acting and Matthew McElhinneyʼs direction merits long applause for a very special piece of live theatre that captivates and engages throughout.

No More Workhorse

Marie Jones, with her keen ear for dialogue and sharp insight into the Northern Ireland psyche is at her best here, the expected brash humour balanced by some much needed emotional depth.

Pastie Bap

Marie Jones exploration of tribalism in Northern Ireland is raw, funny and brutally honest. This is a production to be proud of and one that could open the eyes of anyone who comes to see it

Belfast Media Group

It remains as dramatic, funny, poignant, worrying and challenging as it was when it burst into our consciousness all those years ago. The question is, how much has changed outside the theatre?

Simon Fallaha

Actor Matthew Forsythe as he begins his one-man tour de force for the 25th Anniversary production of Marie Jones' A Night In November, directed by Matthew McElhinney, is the visual of a wind of change.

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