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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Body and Blood at Festival 47; Literary Salon

06 July, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

Lorraine Mullaney’s play Body and Blood is at the King’s Head on July 10

• A new comedy about the unexplored subject of arranged marriages in Ireland will open The King’s Head’s festival of new writing, Festival 47 on July 10.

Body and Blood by Lorraine Mullaney tells the story of an Irish girl who arrives in London in 1956 looking for her sister, who has run away from Ireland to escape an arranged marriage to a man “with a face like the Turin shroud”. But instead Aileen meets Jimmy who shows her a new side of life, full of freedom and possibilities.

The drama, the first play from new company Unclouded Moon Productions, explores the conflicts and culture clash that result from migration.

Second-generation Irish writer Mullaney says: “When my mother got engaged to my father in 1960, my grandmother told her she’d come to her marriage with my grandfather with a dowry and cows but my mother had come to hers with nothing. The story always fascinated me and it inspired me to write this play.” For more details call 020 7226 8561, www.kingsheadtheatre.com/copy-of-elsewhere

The “guest novelist’ at Christopher Bliss’s Literary Salon this month will be Lauren Berry, whose novel Living the Dream is published July 6. Hosted by Bliss’s creator, the comedian Rob Carter and Luke Courtier, The Literary Salon takes place at Camden Comedy Club on July 7. For more details call 020 7485 4019. http://camdencomedyclub.com

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