Mon, 13 November, 2023 — Sat, 18 November, 2023
Directed by Dominic Hill | Cast - Harry Ward, Beth Marshall, Francesca Hess
In East Belfast, a man’s loyalty to the Union spirals into an all-consuming obsession with the ‘fleg’ outside his house in this new dark comedy.
East Belfast. 8th September 2022. The Queen has died.
All Union flags are to be flown at half-mast…which is a big job in East Belfast, there’s literally thousands of them.
But when Bobby and Caroline, a deeply patriotic couple, question the background of a council worker “man-handling our fleg”, a dark obsession takes hold of Bobby…
FLEG is a new dark comedy by Meghan Tyler that explores the romanticised notion of the Union, and how extreme that loyalty can become.
Directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director at Citizens Theatre.
Presented in association with Citizens Theatre.
Harry Ward as Bobby
Beth Marshall as Caroline
Francesca Hess as Tierna
Meghan Tyler – Writer
Dominic Hill – Director
Gemma Patchett and Jonny Scott – Designers
Natalia Cortes – Stage Manager
Barry Forde – Assistant Stage Manager
MEGHAN TYLER is an award-winning playwright and actor from Newry. Their play Crocodile Fever stormed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Traverse Theatre in 2019, and recently won the prestigious Stewart Parker Award.
They have won the Channel 4 Playwrights Bursary, a New Playwrights Award with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, they were a member of the New Playwrights Programme at the Lyric Theatre, and part of the 2022 Convergence cohort at Short Circuit.
Their first play Nothing To Be Done graced many international festivals, and received the MARTA Award for Best Script, “representing artistic hope for the future.”
FLEG is the third show they’ve written for A Play, A Pie and A Pint after Bloodbank (2023) and The Persians (2018).
DOMINIC HILL has been Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Citizens Theatre since 2011. His productions at the Citizens have included Cyrano de Bergerac, A Christmas Carol, Oresteia: This Restless House (winner of Best Director, 2016 CATS Awards), Hamlet, Crime and Punishment (winner of Best Director and Best Production, 2014 CATS Awards), King Lear and Betrayal (winner of Best Director, 2012 CATS Awards). Before joining the Citizens, he was Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Joint Artistic Director of Dundee Rep. Other credits include: Falstaff and Macbeth (Scottish Opera), The City Madam (Royal Shakespeare Company) and most recently A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scottish Opera).