New comedy God of Carnage premieres at the MAC

This February (3-21st), Prime Cut Productions and the MAC will premiere God of Carnage, a hilarious social satire directed by Emma Jordan and starring Dan Gordon, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Ali White and Sean Sloan.

This grown-up comedy centres on the story of two sets of parents who meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children in a very civilised manner.  What happens next is open to opinion – a calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime?

This award-winning play (Tony Award for Best Play 2009; Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy 2009) received rave reviews on Broadway and the West End and now comes to Northern Ireland for the first time. Starring a stellar Northern Ireland cast that includes Dan Gordon, Ali White, Kathy Kiera Clarke and Sean Sloan.

Emma Jordan, Director, Prime Cut Productions said: “I love this play and have been trying to bring the show to the MAC since 2012.  We are thrilled to have secured the rights to produce it and have been working hard in rehearsals to do the fabulous script justice. The four strong cast is outstanding and we spent quite some time casting to get actors who would be just right.  Social satire isn’t an easy thing to do, but all four capture the awkwardness and absurdity of the story just perfectly. I find myself giggling away in rehearsals at some of the gems of dialogue, and more often than not, in what is unsaid – those awkward silences that speak volumes.”

Áine McVerry, Director of Marketing & Communications, the MAC said: “Some audiences may know the story from the film adaptation, Carnage, or from the many famous faces that have taken to Broadway to play characters in this award-winning play from James Gandolfini to Lucy Lui.  But for most, God of Carnage will be a new story.  If I had to tell you what to expect, I’d say a really fun night at the theatre that is packed with laughs and at times, an uncomfortable sense of the familiar. Parents of teenagers will particularly enjoy it, as will anyone who has ever had the misfortune of trying to keep up with the Joneses!”

Prime Cut Productions and the MAC were recently nominated by The Stage for one of 2014’s best UK theatre shows for their co-production trilogy of Villa & Discurso and Tejas Verdes. Long-term collaborators, this is their third co-produced show together at the MAC.

Tickets are on sale now from starting from just £12.  The show runs from 3 – 21 February, exclusively at the MAC.