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girls and dolls

Lisa McGee's new play has brought the stars of The Young Offenders and Derry Girls together

Girls and Dolls will run in The Gaiety at the start of next month.

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WE WERE SPOILED rotten with quality TV at the start of this year. Between Derry Girls, The Young Offenders and, eh, Room to Improve, there was constantly something to catch up with online and we were all kept happily entertained for a few weeks.

It didn’t take long for people to pit Derry Girls and The Young Offenders against each other, saying that one show was better than the other, but there’s no denying that they were both fantastic.

Both of the shows introduced us to some new Irish talent, including the brilliant Jamie Lee O’Donnell who played Michelle in Derry Girls and Jennifer Barry who played Siobhan in The Young Offenders.

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Luckily for us, those two worlds are colliding. Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee’s new play Girls and Dolls stars both Jamie Lee O’Donnell and Jennifer Barry. That combination of lead actors combined with Lisa’s writing makes for a very promising production.

The new play will run in the Gaiety from the 11th – 15th of September.

It’s set in Derry in 1980 and tells the story of two best friends called Emma and Clare. For these two young women, summer is destroyed by a series of terrible events. Their lives are torn apart, binding them together forever as they continue to relive the events in their heads years into adulthood.


Already, Jamie and Jennifer are becoming good pals. In an interview with RTÉ, the two girls spoke about how they first met at the IFTAs, where both casts were having a few drinks.

The pair of them also spoke to RTÉ about how frequently they’re recognised in public.


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