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Michael Stranney: Welcome To Ballybeg (Michael Stranney)

By | Published on Wednesday 9 August 2017

Ballybeg is Irish for little town, and Michael Stranney’s hapless tourist rep Daniel Duffy is here to introduce his imagined Northern Irish backwater to potential visitors. There’s a film but, inevitably, the rudimentary projector plays up, leaving Daniel to paint us a colourful picture of daft characters and rural Irish eccentricity. For reasons of space, I’ll crudely shorthand to a hearty recommendation for all you ‘Father Ted’ fans out there. There are fine lyrical turns, and Stranney has a nice rhythm of involved set ups and silly punchlines. The hokey film clips which pop up when the projector ‘starts working’ help vary the pacing and, all in, you could do far worse than spending a little time in Ballybeg this festival.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]