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Verlaque play to première at Lyric Belfast

Published: 16 March 2022
Reporter: Michael Quinn

Poster image for Amanda Verlaque's This Sh*t Happens All The Time
Amanda Verlaque, Caoimhe Farren and Rhiann Jeffrey Credit: Lyric Belfast

This Sh*t Happens All The Time follows Amanda Verlaque’s acclaimed online debut, Distortion, a coruscating take on contemporary Northern Irish politics, staged by The Mac, Belfast in September last year, and is described as “a deeply personal autobiographical monologue about homophobic hate crime”.

Set in Belfast in 1992, it “explores misogyny, coercive control, and queer-baiting to ask why the privileges and protections granted to most of society remain disgracefully out of reach for Northern Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community”.

This Sh*t Happens All The Time reunites Verlaque with director Rhiann Jeffrey and features Caoimhe Farren, whose recent stage work includes Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre and Jacob Marx Rice’s Chemistry at the Finborough.

Presented in association with Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, This Sh*t Happens All The Time opens in the Lyric’s Naughton Studio on March 22.