Here Comes The Night
Lyric Theatre. Ends May 14 7.45pm (Sat & Sun 2.30pm) £15-£24.50 lyrictheatre.co.uk
Following Cyprus Avenue, new plays about Northern Ireland with titles familiar from Van Morrison songs may be all the rage. Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play has a judicious soundtrack, but with its two acts set 50 years apart, it makes no claim that hope and history will ever entirely rhyme. In 1966, a Catholic couple in East Belfast draw unwanted attention from their Protestant neighbours when Vincent is writing a story about the Easter Rising. In the same house in 2016, a Polish woman, Marta, and her husband settle into their new home, but political interest in the house’s history brings back the shadow of the past. Directed by the Lyric’s head Jimmy Fay, it’s a timely look at the divisions and consequences that come with commemoration.