These Days, The Lough

 "Where did it go? All that wonder. Weren't we good men? Can't we be still?" 

  • Debut stage play by local Belfast writer Michael Phoenix
  • Rehearsed reading was performed at Accidental Theatre on 5th March
  • Read by Michael Patrick, Patrick McBrearty, Craig Campbell and Brahm Gallagher


Charley lives on the shore of Lough Neagh, he makes his living from it, dredging sand. When this practice is threatened by a government order, what results is not only a battle for his livelihood, but a battle for the very soul of the Lough.

“Did you ever eat fresh pollen from the lough? It smelt just like her - not the green gum of the lower waters and not the cool and sharp sailing on her surface - those pollen smelt of the belly of the lough; the part you wondered about when you dove into her, and were equally amazed by and afraid of. That's how fresh pollen smelt on the streets of our town when we were children. That's what this is about.”


These Days, The Lough, is the debut stage play by Belfast writer Michael Phoenix. We organised a rehearsed reading, and got some great feedback from audience members.

Michael is now using these feedback to work on the play, and we will hopefully hear more from him soon!

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