Omnibus Theater and Jump Spark Theater today announce the full-scale premiere of The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying, following a short film nominated for the Jermyn Street Theater Footprints Festival. Rachael Rooney gives a critically acclaimed performance, directed by award-winning director Fay Lomas, in this new play from the award-nominated playwright Eoin McAndrew. The creative team includes Amy Hill (lighting design), Lex Kosanke (sound design), Georgina Makhubele (direction of movement) and Anna Kezia Williams (set and costume design). Production begins November 4, with previews from November 2, and continues through November 21.
Marie mccarthy, Artistic Director of Omnibus Theater, said today: “Omnibus Theater has a long history of supporting Irish and Northern Irish creators and audiences, and we are delighted to bring The Girl Who Was Great at Lying back to life. The response to the performance of the play at the Jermyn Street Theater Footprints Festival was wonderful, and we can’t wait for Omnibus audiences to experience the powerful performance of Rachael Rooney and Eoin’s darkly comical but deeply touching play. .
Eoin McAndrew said today: “I am so excited to bring this piece, with this wonderful team, to the Omnibus! It’s going to be very funny and pretty dark and a little weird and a little sad and a little happy and I think the audience will love it! ‘
Fay Lomas said today: “I am delighted to bring this production to life at the fantastic Omnibus Theater. Eoin’s play is a brilliantly imaginative and fun exploration of the stories we tell to escape who and where we are. The whole team is really delighted to present it to the Omnibus public. ‘
“I’ve always been a good liar. If you have a skill you have to hone it, otherwise you spit in the face of God’s bounty.”
People keep telling Catriona that she is not very well. She disagrees, but appreciates their concern. Sure, she’s used to inventing things, but she’s doing better.
When she meets An Attractive American Tourist, she decides to show him around her small town in Northern Ireland. And to entertain him, she may have to blur the line between reality and fiction a little …
Soon she regales him with tales of cannibalism, ghostly statues and the biggest orgy ever staged in Ireland on consecrated ground. But how long will she be able to keep her stories?
Rachael Rooney plays Catriona. His theater credits include The Fourth Country (Plain Heroines / VAULT Festival), The Assistants (Actors’ Center), Better Days (Do Well Theater), Macbeth (Sam wanamaker Festival) and Dig for Love (LUNG Theater).
Eoin McAndrew is an actor and a writer. He is currently a member of the Royal Court’s International Playwriting Group and the BBC Comedy Writers’ Room. His writing credits include Living Newspaper, Internet Boy (1999-present) (Royal Court Theater) and quick comedies for BBC Radio Ulster. As a performer, her recent credits include Cream Tea and Incest (Hope / Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Black Fate, Rotten States and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Get Out Of My Space Productions).
Fay Lomas directs. She won the inauguration Pierre Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship Award at Rose Theater, Kingston in 2019, and is artistic director of Jump Spark Theater. Her credits include Sea Girl (Carbon Theater / Attenborough Arts Center), Assemble Here (audio: Theater by the Lake, Keswick), Land Skeins (audio – online – nominated OnComm) and Some Kind of Window (short film nominated for several awards , screened at EFN, Little Wing, English Riviera and Sunderland Shorts), Out of the Dark (Rose Theater Kingston), Hunger (Arcola Theater), The Crucible (Royal and Derngate), Terp, The Outcaste (Finborough Theater Vibrant Festival), Left Behind (Camden Fringe), Lunch Hour (Southwark Playhouse), Three Way (Theater503), Blood Wedding (Bread and Roses Theater) and Balloon (VAULT Festival).
Amy Hill is a lighting designer and recently graduated from LAMDA. His credits during the formation of Pity, The Light and Desert Boy.
Lex Kosanke is a sound designer and composer. His theatrical credits include Small Change (Omnibus Theater), The Grand Expedition (Fosun Foundation, Shanghai), Spring and Summer (Land Skeins), The Little Mermaid (Fever), The Mikvah Project (Orange Tree Theater), Hunger and The Cutting Edge (Arcole Theater).
Georgina Makhubele is movement director and choreographer. His credits include Klippies (Young Vic Theater), La Belle Hélène (Blackheath Halls), Cult Clit (National Arts Festival); and as a partner, Hunger (Arcola Theater).
Anna Kezia Williams is a freelance decorator, live event designer, art director, interior designer and stylist. Her last roles were designer for Jolie’s Terrace Chelsea, artistic director for live acts on Jimmy kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with James corden, as well as Standby Art Director for a mini-series with Amazon UK and EastEnders. Williams was nominated by the Arcola Theater for the Evening Standard Future Theater Fund in association with Tik Tok in the Visual Design category.
Performances run from November 2 to November 21. Find out more and book on https://www.omnibus-clapham.org/the-girl-who-was-very-good-at-lying/.