A Night in November

by Marie Jones 26 Sep 2021 - 30 Sep 2021
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Presented by Soda Bread Theatre 
Directed by Matthew McIlhinney 

Is it possible to change?

'A Night in November’ is the stunning multi-award winning play from Marie Jones, the Writer of other hit shows such as 'Stones in his pockets' & 'Christmas Eve will kill you'. This brand new 25th Anniversary production by Soda Bread Theatre Company stars Matthew Forsythe.

Can passion really change a man?

Kenneth McAllister, a clerk in the local welfare office, is a Belfast Protestant who has followed all the rules. He loved who he was supposed to love. He lived where he was expected to live. He fought who he was taught to fight. Until one night -- a night in November - he did the most exciting, outrageous, crazy, mad thing he'd ever done.

Soda Bread Theatre

Soda Bread Theatre Company has been set up by Actor/Director Gerard McCabe to showcase the best plays and acting talent Ireland has to offer. SodaBread select shows that can get get audiences away from their box sets and down to the theatre box office.

Soda Bread Theatre's first production was the premiere of Andrew Doyle’s ‘Borderland’ Spring 2018 in Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Before touring 'Girls & Dolls' by Lisa McGee(Derry Girls) Autumn 2018 in Gaeity Theatre, Dublin.. Millennium Forum, Derry & SSE Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

Marie Jones (Writer)

Marie Jones OBE The Troubles.

Marie on the 25th Anniversary production:
"The actor, director and producer of this production of Night in November were not even teenagers when this play was first performed. The fact that twenty five years on it still resonates with them is humbling and the passion they bring to restaging it for another generation is incredibly exciting."

The play for which she may be best-known is Stones in His Pockets, a play based on the idea of a Hollywood film company filming a movie in a small Irish village and the resulting impact on that community. This was performed on Broadway to critical acclaim.

She has written a number of stage and television plays, including Tribes (1990), The Hamster Wheel (1991), Fighting the Shadows (1992), Wingnut and the Sprog (1994) and A Night in November (1994).  A Night in November was performed to critical acclaim all over the world.

Matthew McElhinny (Director)

Matthew McElhinney is a Director and Actor working on stage and screen throughout the UK and further afield. Recently he played leading roles in ‘Archy in Manhattan,’ by Marie Jones at the Grand Opera House and GBL’s dark farce ‘Three’s a Shroud’ by Stephen Large at the Waterfront Hall.

"I grew up with this play and it grew up with me. ‘A Night in November,’ is an exploration of identity written when I was beginning to form my own. It tells of one man’s triumphant journey. I watched a similar journey of triumph occur in real time from the stands of Windsor Park over the last 25 years. From the darkest days of Northern Irish football to the
accolade of ‘The Best Fans in Europe.’ Identity is defined not by our labels but by our actions. It is an honour to revive this piece for the 25th anniversary to look back and appreciate just how far we’ve come."

Recent directing credits include: ‘Footsteps in the Forest’ & ‘Waking the Giant’ (Large scale outdoor events) for Armagh, Newry & Mourne Council; ‘We’ll Walk Hand’ for GBL productions; ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme’ for ‘Belfast Remembers,’ concert in commemoration of Armistice Day; ‘Letters from the Front,’ Co-written and developed for the Heel and Ankle Theatre Company and ‘Frank Carson; Rebel without a Pause,’ with Happenstance Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Gerard McCabe (Producer)

Gerard has been acting/directing from 17 years of age, he was the youngest director of Belfast Fringe Festival in 1997. Since then he has worked as an actor for nearly every company in Northern Ireland and many further afield.

He has been producing theatre from 2008 when he founded Pintsized Productions as Artistic Producer and recently passed on the mantle after 10 years in charge and finished directing/producing 'Dale Farm: Seasons Of Safety’ project alongside Grand Opera House.

Matthew Forsythe (Actor)

Matthew Forsythe is a versatile actor, performer and voiceover artist, working throughout the UK and Ireland in both theatre and television.

'Matthew was actually at the match in question as a 12 year old in the crowd that night in November 1993'

Originally a joiner by trade, he finally followed his aspirations and trained at Drama Studio London (2011), receiving a DaDA Award to support his studies. One of his
first roles was sharing the stage with Matthew Lewis (Neville, Harry Potter Films) and Laurence Fox (Lewis) in the acclaimed Our Boys, at the Duchess Theatre in the
West End. His performance in the controversial Mydidae by Jack Thorne at The Mac Belfast received outstanding reviews and at the same theatre, played ‘Cliff Bradshaw’ in Bruiser Theatre Company’s Cabaret. Other notable roles include ‘Dave’ in David Hull’s production of Dirty Dusting at Belfast Grand Opera House and performing at the opening of the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford. Matthew will be at The Mac once again this May, performing in David Hull’s production, Keep Telling Me Lies.

Television credits include BBC’s The Fall, Come Home, My Mother and Other Strangers, The Woman in White and numerous commercials.

Matthew is also a talented singer and shares the stage with his wife Michelle in their 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Soda Popz. They have a three year old daughter Isla.