Jade City

Presented by Alice Malseed

A punchy and hot-headed show exploring the dark, toxic and tumultuous friendship of two lads in east Belfast.

Sas and Monty are trapped in this place and in their heads. Their friendship orbits around a  damaging and violent event from their pasts. Their imaginative and playful ‘game’ is the only way they can process the mess they feel inside.

Jade City uses rich language and powerful theatrical imagery to explore male friendship and toxic masculinity. The play talks sensitively about a brutally damaging event in their lives, and explores aspects of masculinity and mental health which affect many communities across Belfast, the UK and Ireland. Against these big topics, and as a way to escape the mundanity and trauma of their lives, the men have created a game. It is playful, childish, and allows them to explore their own lives and truths, to a devastating effect.

Developed with support from Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland), Jerwood Foundation and EastSide Arts Belfast.

Please note: Contains strong language and description of rape.

Theatre & Performance
Varies06 — 10 Feb
Cavern - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
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About the company

Alice Malseed

Alice Malseed (Playwright) studied at Goldsmiths and is part of Lyric Theatre’s New Playwrights Programme and BBC Writersroom. Her first play Jellyfish was longlisted for the Verity Bargate Award 2015 and shortlisted for BBC Scriptroom 12. Her second play it’s getting harder and harder for me sold out the MAC Belfast in May 2018.

Katherine Nesbitt (Director) Credits include The Quarry (Barbican), boom (Theatre503), The Ocean is Downhill From Everywhere (Imaginate), When the Rain Stops Falling (Tron). Assistant Director credits include Kiln Theatre, Bath Ustinov, Hampstead and Traverse.

View From Here are a London-based UK focused production company, amplifying voices underrepresented in UK Theatre and sharing untold stories from across the country.

David Quinn (Movement Director) trained at L'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq & Ecole Philippe Gaulier and is co-Artistic Director of Amadan. He has worked with Prime Cut, Ulster Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, ART NI & Cahoots NI.

Michael Mormecha (Sound Designer) is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is co-producer at Millbank Studios. The music for Jade City has been created with support from the British Council NI.

Sarah Baxter (Dramaturg) is the current director member of INO Studio 2018/19. She was an associate director at the Abbey Theatre and works for their New Work Department.

Barry Calvert trained at East 15 and Birmingham School of Acting. Credits include The Quarry by Joseph Corr (Barbican), Awaiting Revolution (Chris Lane Productions) and Leaves on the Line (The Off Cuts Festival).

Brendan Quinn graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. Theatre credits include Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Smock Alley Dublin), The Tain (Amadan), and Honk (Grand Opera House Belfast).


Writer: Alice Malseed
Director: Katherine Nesbitt
Movement Director: David Quinn
Sound Designer: Michael Mormecha
Dramaturg: Sarah Baxter
Stage Manager: Philippa Mannion
Co-produced by View From Here Theatre

Cast: Barry Calvert and Brendan Quinn

Photography: Will McConnell
Marketing Image: Ken McGuire

Press & Reviews

“As someone who grew up less than a mile from the venue, I had many moments when I was alongside the actors, recognising from my past the well written local geographies, pressures and views of “the other” - Dr Michael Wardlow, Chief Commissioner, Equality Commission NI

“Jade City aims to interrogate how our society is responding to the male mental health crisis in an inventive and thought-provoking way. The physicality of the two central performances coupled with the contemporary sound scape transfixed the audience. A must see!” – Bronagh McFeely, Assistant Producer, Lyric Theatre Belfast

“Tough – raw and immediate. Poetic and brutal” – Actor Dan Gordon

Press for Playwright Alice Malseed:
Painstaking and thoughtful, it’ll make you laugh and punch you in the gut all at once
★★★★ Irish Times, ‘it’s getting harder and harder for me’.

Press for Director Katherine Nesbitt:
“a poetic energy and eloquence that completely grip the attention.”
★★★★ The Scotsman ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’

“... the play is a compact and witty piece about creation and evolution, precisely directed by Katherine Nesbitt.” – The Stage for 'boom'