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Why Shouldn’t I Go?

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The 5* reviewed ‘Why Shouldn’t I Go?’ is a play written and performed by Janet Behan and directed by Jessica Higgs.

Janet will be performing at the Lewisham Irish Community Centre on January 25, 2020

Doors: 6.30pm – Play 7.30 – 8.30 followed by Q&A

Tickets £6/£4 Concessions on the door or for reservations contact 07940 193631

Funny and shocking by turns, “Why Shouldn’t I Go?” tells the stories of three very different Irishwomen with one thing in common – religion and the impact it has had on their lives. In Realtine our heroine has joined a creative writing class but a long-buried secret has so far prevented her from writing a word.

Today her story comes pouring out. Reclusive Noreen rails against her daughter, husband and neighbours for ruining her life; in reality her life was ruined years before, when she was little more than a
child. Susan, wife of the town’s highly respected pastor, realises she’s pregnant. The townsfolk offer hearty congratulations to their beloved pastor but are they misplaced?

ReviewsGate ****

“. . . Behan creates her three women with skill, transforming herself from one to the other as we watch, and Jessica Higgs has directed it with a sure touch, nothing is allowed to get in the way of the stories the women have to tell… The result is a sixty-minute theatrical delight “

The UpComing *****

“. . . Behan gives a mesmerising performance, inhabiting each character distinctly and fully. Her writing is accomplished; there is not a single discordant note in it…these stories may be Oictional but they are not far removed from real events…The audience feels the violent sense of injustice that their stories evoke. We want to know more about the characters and their stories, so rounded is the world Behan creates…Why Shouldn’t I Go? is a masterpiece about the everyday horrors that can lurk behind closed doors.”


Lewisham Irish Community Centre,
2a Davenport Road, London SE6 2AZ

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