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The Sweety Bottle returns to Grand Opera House

July 30th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Following a sell-out run at the Baby Grand earlier this year, award-winning local theatre company, Brassneck Theatre will return to the main stage at the Grand Opera House with The Sweety Bottle. The show will run from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 August.

Set in Belfast in the 1970s, a popular shebeen is in full swing at the rear of Brennan’s sweet shop. This secret drinking den is a place where punters come to escape the troubles around them and to exorcise their own personal demons. With hilarious characters and calamitous incidents, audiences will embark on a voyage to an era where the city and its people never ceased to find humour in even the darkest of times.

Written by Joe and Gerard Brennan, a father-son writing duo, The Sweety Bottle recalls the pair’s own fond memories of Joe’s father’s shebeen and the community that once graced it. A hilariously nostalgic trip down memory lane, ‘The Sweety Bottle’ is sure to have audiences crying with laughter as they remember everything good about Belfast during the rare auld times.

To book tickets for this unmissable show, visit or contact Box Office on 028 9024 1919.

Cast info and biographies:

Marty Maguire (JB) – A Night in November, Mixed Marriage (Lyric); The Field (Irish Rep, NY); Pulling Moves (BBC NI)

Katie Tumelty (Eileen) – Holy Cross, Divorcing Jack, Fly me to the Moon (The Grand Opera House)

Lalor Roddy (Manolito) – The Shore (Oscar winning short); This Is What We Sang (Kabosh); Five Minutes of Heaven; Cherrybomb.

Ciaran Nolan (John) –The Titanic Boys (The Grand Opera House); Howl (Lyric Theatre); Studs (Gaiety); Pulling Moves (BBC NI)

Gerard Jordan (Sam) – Game of Thrones (HBO), The Fall (BBC), Mixed Marriage (Lyric Theatre); Juno and the Paycock (Cork Opera House); Shadow of a Gunman, Paradise (Lyric Theatre); Fishers of Men (Brassneck), The West Awakes (Kabosh)

Gordon Fulton (Fr. Peyton) – This Other City, Family Plot & Second Hand Thunder (Tinderbox); Henry & Harriet (Kabosh); Death of a Salesman, Shadowlands (Lyric Theatre).

The Sweety Bottle is directed by Brassneck Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Tony Devlin who also starred in Night with George, Basra Boy, 1981, Fishers of Men, Love Matters.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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