Galway theatre company Jasango are back with a bang this season with a new production of Geraldine Aron's My Brilliant Divorce at Roscommon Arts Centre on Tuesday 19th June, 8pm. Following their astounding success with Bombshells - including a two-year tour of Ireland and an American tour culminating in awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble in the 2010 Bethlehem Press Awards Jasango are on track for another hit with this wittily observant and achingly funny play. Jasango are at Roscommon Arts Centre for one night on Tuesday 19th June 8pm and the travelling troupe look forward to raising the roof with laughter with this great Girls Night Out treat!
Meet Angela Lipsky, once half of Angela and Max, the world's happiest couple. That was before Max unexpectedly dumps her and runs off with Rosa, a young Mexican woman who barely speaks a word of English. Join Angela on her poignant and hilarious journey as she rebuilds her life, finding herself adrift in a sea of weird sexual encounters, sneaky solicitors, phone-in counsellors, a bad case of hypochondria and the spectre of poverty. We follow her progress from messy marital break-up to a full divorce. Along the way we meet an array of extraordinary characters.
My Brilliant Divorce had its World Premier in 2001 and went on to be nominated for an Olivier Award, selling out theatres all over the world. Laugh out loud comedy, combined with heart-wrenchingly honest moments, make this an unforgettable show that both engages and entertains. The title role is played by Angela Ryan, co-founder of Jasango Theatre. Angela completed an Honours MA in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway and worked in professional theatre and film for ten years before establishing Jasango with Jasmin Finn in 2009. My Brilliant Divorce is an acting tour-de-force that highlights Ryan's incredible energy and range as she swaps roles and accents at break-neck speed. Critics have commended her previous work.
My Brilliant Divorce is directed by the esteemed George B. Miller, Artistic Director of Selkie Theatre (www.selkietheatre.org). Miller also directed Jasango's Bombshells and has an impressive array of Irish and American directorial successes under his belt in a career spanning over 40 years. "Miller's direction is firm and assured and his attention to detail is almost cinematic" (Tuam Herald).
In keeping with Jasango's commitment to promoting women artists, the production also features a photography exhibition by Lisa Daly. Lisa has a degree in Theatre Arts from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. She has lived in Galway for the last 10 years where she started her photography business, Lisa Daly Photography. She specializes in weddings and portraits, as well as theatre production photographs. She enjoys combining her love of theatre and photography, and this exhibition marks a new departure with her first theatre-inspired exhibition. Taking the script as the starting point, Lisa has produced a collection of fun, thought-provoking photograph's which will be displayed in the theatre lobby at every venue on the My Brilliant Divorce tour.
Jasango Theatre was founded in 2009 as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary company, bringing together musicians, visual artists and theatre practitioners to create fresh, multi-dimensional theatrical events. My Brilliant Divorce comes to The Civic Theatre as part of a national tour taking in over 30 Irish venues.
· Roscommon Arts Centre Tuesday 19th May 8 p.m.
· Tickets €15/€12
· To reserve tickets contact 090 6625824 www.roscommonartscentre.com