Prime Cut Productions is delighted to announce an all Ireland tour of its critically acclaimed theatre double bill featuring Fintan Brady’s East Belfast Boy and John Patrick Higgins’ Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful. The double bill will run from 29 January until 20 February 2019 and tour to venues in Belfast, Roscommon, Cork, Letterkenny, Castlebar, Limerick, Armagh and Dublin.

Following on from the overwhelming success of Prime Cut Productions internationally award-wining production of Stacey Gregg’s Scorch (including, The Scotsman Fringe First 2016, Irish Times Theatres Award Best New Play 2015, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre and Critics Choice Award 2017) and four wins at the 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Red (including Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actor and Best Set Design), this double bill explores the complexities of male mental health in contrasting performative styles.

Emma Jordan, Artistic-Director of Prime Cut Productions says: “I am so delighted to be able to bring these two plays, by two unique Northern Irish writers, back to share with more audiences. The subject of mental health and fractured masculinity have never been more topical and yet we still lack the skills to tackle the issues appropriately. I hope these productions will help create more dialogue and a better understanding.”


Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and…the boys. With pumping techno, pulverising movements and street sharp poetry, East Belfast Boy is a rollercoaster ride and a cliche-free zone.

Written by Fintan Brady, East Belfast Boy is a thrilling spoken word show by Ryan McParland and set to an original soundtrack by internationally acclaimed DJ Phil Kieran with choreography by award-wining dancer, Oona Doherty.

East Belfast Boy was originally created by Partisan Productions through a collaborative process involving young men from the Beersbridge and Newtownards Roads in Belfast. It was first presented at Ballymacarrett Friendship Centre in 2015 as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. East Belfast Boy garnered critical acclaim at EdgeFest and Edinburgh Festival Fringe during 2018.


Malachy has made a decision, perhaps for the first time in his life. Tonight is the night.
He has six bottles of wine, a bucket of chicken and he wants to talk about it. He really wants to talk about it. Poignant and confessional Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is also desperately funny. Funny to the bone.

Written by John Patrick Higgins Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is a heartbreakingly funny and powerful story about Malachy, a man facing an epic mid-life crisis starring Simon O’Gorman and directed by Rhiann Jeffrey.

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is John Patrick Higgins first play with Prime Cut Productions.

Prime Cut Productions present a DOUBLE BILL of

East Belfast Boy

Written by Fintan Brady
Featuring Ryan McParland
Directed by Emma Jordan
Movement Director Oona Doherty
Set Designed by Ciaran Bagnall
Lighting Designed by Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Designed by Phil Kieran
Duration: 55mins
Suggested Age Recommendation: 12A

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

Written by John Patrick Higgins
Featuring Simon O’Gorman
Directed by Rhiann Jeffrey
Set Design by Ciaran Bagnall
Lighting by Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design Peter Power
Duration: 55mins (20mins interval)
Suggested Age Recommendation: 12A


29-30 January 2019
The Mac, Belfast
Box Office: 00 44 (0) 28 9023 5053

1 February 2019
Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon
Box Office: 00353 (0) 90 662 5824

5 - 7 February 2019
The Everyman, Cork
00 353 (0) 21 450 1673

12th February 2019
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
Box Office: 00353 (0) 74 912 0777

13 February 2019
The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Box Office: 00353 (0) 94 902 3733

15 February 2019
Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
Box Office: 00353 (0) 61 953 400

16 February 2019
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh
Box Office: 00 44 (0) 28 3752 1821

18-20 February 2019
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Box Office: 00353 (1) 881 9613