The MAC and and CQAF present Not Now, a sharply written, heartfelt comedy about the past, identity and moving on – from David Ireland - the multi-award-winning author of Cyprus Avenue.
“You’re an Irish Daniel Radcliffe.” “I’m British!” “You’re a British Daniel Radcliffe. From Ireland.”
The morning after his father’s funeral, an unsure and still grief-stricken Matthew prepares to fly to London to audition for the prestigious drama school, RADA.
When his painter-decorator Uncle Ray interrupts his private rendition of Richard III’s opening monologue to offer some unwanted direction and dubious career advice, Matthew starts to doubt whether he should really be leaving Belfast in the first place. Is Belfast where he truly belongs?
This production was first produced in association with Neil McPherson at the Finborough Theatre.
Approximately 50 minutes with no intervals.
Presented with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
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The Guardian (Review of Glasgow production).
"David Ireland’s dialogue is nonstop sparkle; the development of the play is beautifully judged in Max Elton’s production, as the boy (Matthew Blaney) moves from gangle and sullenness to candour and the uncle (Stephen Kennedy) from joviality to reluctant disclosure. There is, as always with Ireland, an unflinching look at Protestant politics, but Not Now adds different notes. His greatest play so far, Cyprus Avenue, was a satire fuelled by an imaginative flight of which Jonathan Swift would have been proud. This drama has a new warmth. It also clinches on a beautiful reanimation of Shakespeare’s words about changing “dreadful marches to delightful measures”.