Nuala hopes Carol’s tale will become a Christmas classic

Nuala McKeever gets into character during rehearsals for her cracking new comedy, Carol's Christmas. INNT 50-518CON
Nuala McKeever gets into character during rehearsals for her cracking new comedy, Carol's Christmas. INNT 50-518CON

ULSTER’S undisputed Queen of Comedy, Nuala McKeever, is promising local theatregoers a magical night out this festive season.

The Give My Head Peace and McKeever star has written a new comedy - Carol’s Christmas - especially for Newtownabbey’s Theatre at The Mill.

Nuala, who also stars in the show, took time out from rehearsals this week to chat to the Times about what people can expect if they make a date with Carol this Christmas.

“It’s a play, not a panto,” she explained. “It’s a proper adult show that will appeal to everyone from the age of about 14 and up. There’s nothing dodgy in it, no bad language or anything, so it’s good old fashioned family entertainment with plenty of romance and lots of physical comedy; and as it’s Christmas, it’ll probably have a happy ending. It’s a traditional Christmas show in many ways, but it’s also modern in the sense that it has some really good, sassy characters.”

The production, which also stars Caroline Curran, Karl O’Neill and Dermont Hickson, tells the story of a group of friends who rally round to help each other out in a time of need.

Carol is faced with losing her job and her home as her scheming boss, Sandra, is plotting to sell up to Vlad the Russian before Christmas. But with the help of troubled genie, Norman, Carol and her friends will do everything they can to save the day.

“It’s a very funny show, but it’s got a nice heart to it. If there’s any message in it, it’s that everyone has got something to offer, especially at this particular time when it’s all doom and gloom in the real world,” Nuala added.

“If it comes together as well as it can do it will be very fast paced and very funny. I would describe it as fast moving family entertainment that’s got a bit of wit to it.

“It’s something different, but I’m hoping that it goes well and that it will become a bit of a Christmas classic, if I do say so myself.”

Carol’s Christmas, produced by Bernard Clarkson and directed by Andrea Montgomery, runs at Theatre at The Mill from Tuesday 20 - Saturday 31 December (including Boxing Night & New Year’s Eve). Tickets priced from £14 are available from the box office on 9034 0202 or online at www.theatreatthemill.com

Read the full interview in this week’s Times...