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This Sh*t Happens All the Time


  • Playwright

    Amanda Verlaque 

  • Synopsis

    A young woman falls in love. Her girlfriend’s jealous ex-boyfriend responds with threatening behaviour, then murderous intent. In 2019 he’d be arrested, but in Belfast 1992 homophobic hate crime law doesn’t exist. Reporting incidents to the police about someone coming for you because you’re queer may not get you anywhere but in trouble. This one-woman play draws on a personal story to explore the terrifying experience of queer baiting. Using first person narrative and reminiscences of queer life in the 90s, it asks why the privileges and protections granted to most of society remained out of reach for Northern Ireland’s LGBT+ community.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    22 March 2022

  • Production Notes

    Produced by the Lyric Theatre in association with Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics. 

  • Producer

    Produced by Lyric Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Lyric Theatre

Original Cast  
Me Caoimhe Farren
Production Team  
Director Rhiann Jeffrey
Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Designer Garth McConaghie
Costume Designer Erin Charteris
Executive Producer Jimmy Fay
Producer Morag Keating
Head of Production Adrian Mullan
Production Manager Siobhán Barbour
Company Stage Manager Aimee Yates
Stage Manager Stephen Dix
Covid Compliance Officer Stephen Dix
Deputy Stage Manager Caoimhe McGee
Casting Director Clare Gault
Senior Technician Ian Vennard
Technician Adrian Wall
Technician Corentin West
Technician Gerard McCorry
Marketing Manager Rachel Leitch
Marketing Officer Lucy Brownlie
Photography Carrie Davenport
Photography Johnny Frazer
Photographer Christopher Heaney
Make-Up Nuala Campbell




The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.