Theatre preview: Can't Forget About You
David Ireland's new play, directed by Game of Thrones' Conleth Hill, comes to the Tron
David Ireland, former writer-in-residence for The Lyric Theatre and most recently seen scaring audiences as the titular anti-hero in Kill Johnny Glendenning, brings a critically lauded, taboo-tickling sex comedy to Scotland. A new co-production with the Tron Theatre, Can't Forget About You explores an unlikely couple and the consequences of their union.
When young Irishman Stevie (Ashes to Ashes' Declan Rodgers) and middle-aged Scots widow Martha (Karen Dunbar) get together after a chance meeting in a café, they have a fight on their hands, in the shape of Stevie's uptight Ulster family, who are not best pleased with Stevie's potential new girlfriend.
Also featuring Abigail McGibbon as Stevie's sister Rebecca, Naomi Rocke as ex-girlfriend Ciara and Carol Moore as mother Dorothy, it is directed by Conleth Hill, who enjoyed great success with the original Lyric production of Stones In His Pockets, which went on to the West End and Broadway, but who also plays the wily Lord Varys in Game of Thrones.
Not for the easily offended, this promises riffs on sex, religion 'and badly pronounced Ulster-Scots accents'. Can love combat prejudice, or will the budding relationship be as popular as the Pope at a Rangers game?
Following two sell-out runs at Belfast's prestigious Lyric Theatre, Ireland's audaciously adult humour and witty observations should chime with the Glasgow audience, whether old – or firm.