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Lislea Dramatic Players to perform ‘Kings of the Kilburn High Road’ by Jimmy Murphy

Award winning drama troupe, Lislea Dramatic Players will give patrons a chance to preview Jimmy Murphy’s powerful play “Kings of the Kilburn High Road” this Saturday 17th February 8pm before they play in the 37th Lislea Drama Festival on Wednesday 28th February and tour the Confined Amateur Dramatic Circuit. 

Set in a nicotine-stained back room of a pub in London’s Kilburn, this is a play about broken dreams, as five middle-aged Irish construction workers gather to ‘wake’ their friend, Jackie, who has died in terrible circumstances. This drink-fuelled gathering is dominated by Jap, an obnoxious, cynical and self-pitying foreman. Jap blames everyone but himself for his decision to come to London where the streets are most definitely not paved with gold. Harsh truths unfold when the winners and losers of the group gather to toast Jackie’s memory, revealing their lives, lost dreams and their place in the new Ireland. This exemplifies the cycle of these men’s lives. They are in a loop, in and out of despair, buying never-ending rounds of drinks to quell the pain. This is a fine production from Lislea Dramatic Players, astutely written by Jimmy Murphy, it reeks of bitterness, occasionally leavened by black humour.

Further performances will be held on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April. Please see local press and Twitter @LisleaDramaFest for further details.