Stacey Gregg’s play Lagan is a kaleidoscope of stories from post-Troubles Belfast, an intimate portrait of the city and its inhabitants. It was first performed at the Ovalhouse Theatre, London, on 26 October 2011.
The play weaves together ten interconnecting monologues, with repeated references to the Lagan, the river running through the city of Belfast. An uptight brass band conductress vilifies her pregnant teenage daughter, whilst her son reluctantly returns to his hometown after making a new life in London. A taxi driver bemoans the influx of immigrants into the city and is father to two wayward children. A woman talks to her son’s ghost amidst the city's scaffolding, while her remaining son unexpectedly falls in love with a young woman. Stories move in and out of focus as the connections between the characters are gradually revealed. And although the spectre of the Troubles looms, Gregg portrays the city as moving tentatively out of those shadows and into a new light.
The Ovalhouse premiere was directed by Jane Fallowfield and designed by Cecilia Carey. It was performed by Kathy Keira Clarke, Pauline Hutton, Sean Rea and Alan Turkington.