Belfast Girls 

The year is 1850, Belfast, Ireland. Two hundred women are departing on a ship bound for Australia under the Earl Grey Orphan Emigration Scheme. Escaping workhouses overpopulated during the Great Famine, they are set to become “mistresses of their own destiny” as servants, farm-workers – and, indeed, wives – in the Colonies. BELFAST GIRLS by Irish playwright, Jaki McCarrick, focuses on five of the most “notorious and riotous” of these women and their three month journey in the bowels of the Inchinnan ship. For some the voyage offers a fresh start, but others find they cannot escape the memory of the lives they've left behind.

Part of Zeitgeist Irland 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany. Partially funded by the Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Sparkasse Düsseldorf Kunst- und Kulturstiftung.

Gefördert von der Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Düsseldorf und durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

The Playwright: Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick is an award-winning Irish writer of plays, poetry and fiction. Winner of the Papatango Prize for New Writing for her play “Leopoldville”, Jaki’s play “Belfast Girls” was developed at the National Theatre Studio, London and has been staged 14 times internationally. Shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the BBC Tony Doyle Award, “Belfast Girls” made its New York premiere at the Irish Repertory Theatre in 2022, and opens again in New York in 2023. The play opens at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in January 2024. Her play “The Naturalists” premiered in New York in 2018.


Filmed and edited by Laurie Hall


Interviews filmed and edited by Laurie Hall

Director Interview - What is BELFAST GIRLS by Jaki McCarrick about?

Director Interview - Why did you choose this piece?

Director Interview - Why should people come and see this production?

BELFAST GIRLS by Jaki McCarrick: Cast Interview - Why did you want to be part of this production?

BELFAST GIRLS by Jaki McCarrick: Cast Interview - What connections do you have to BELFAST GIRLS, Ireland and your character?

BELFAST GIRLS by Jaki McCarrick: Cast Interview - Why should people come and see this production?

Cast Interview with Caroline Strange

Cast Interview with Eve Niker

Cast Interview with Jessy Heath

Cast Interview with Natasha Ravenscroft

Cast Interview with Meghan Reid


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Caroline Strange

Natasha Ravenscroft

Eve Niker

Jessy Heath

(Left to Right) Caroline Strange, Meghan Reid

(Left to Right) Natasha Ravenscroft, Eve Niker, Caroline Strange, Meghan Reid, Jessy Heath

(Left to Right) Caroline Strange, Natasha Ravenscroft, Eve Niker, Meghan Reid, Jessy Heath