Derry’s troubled past explored in McGee’s uneven stage debut

16th September, 2018
Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Jennifer Barry brought tenacity and vulnerability to Girls and Dolls

Girls and Dolls, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, By Lisa McGee, Rating: ***

A flickering TV screen sets the tone for Sodabread Theatre’s production of Girls and Dolls, the debut play by Lisa McGee, celebrated writer of the Channel 4 series Derry Girls. As the picture switches between memorable ads and soap opera intros, director Gerard McCabe pitches the play somewhere between 1980s nostalgia and serial melodrama.

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