The Match Box

Presented by Galway International Arts Festival

Written by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Joan Sheehy & Starring Cathy Belton

The ties that bind can never be broken and the shocking events that bring Sal to a remote exile on Valentia Island are as unexpected as they are brutal...

Frank McGuinness has created an intriguing heroine, a woman to be pitied and feared in equal measure. Her compelling story begs only one question: what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

McGuinness’s one-woman show 'The Match Box' is directed by Joan Sheehy and stars Galway-born Cathy Belton. Belton is one of Ireland’s leading actors, starring in award-winning films such as 'Philomena', opposite Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, directed by Stephen Frears; and 'A Litttle Chaos' opposite Kate Winslet, directed by Alan Rickman. She also stars in the hit TV3 drama 'Red Rock'. The creative team includes set and lighning design by Paul Keogan, original music by Teho Teardo and sound design by Helen Atkinson.

The 'Match Box' was first staged in Liverpool Playhouse in 2012, and starred Leanne Best as Sal. "It's rare to find storytelling as sharply and simply involving as this,” wrote the Telegraph in its review, while The Observer hailed it "a stunner."

It toured to Galway for its Irish premiere at Galway International Arts Festival 2015, in the Town Hall Theatre. Cathy Belton’s stellar performance was highly praised by the critics: “Belton maintains an easy but unwavering grip on the audience’s attention” (Irish Examiner); a "powerhouse performance" (Irish Independent). Festival audiences called it "quite extraordinary", "extremely powerful", and simply "a fantastic performance".  

Photos: Colm Hogan

‘It's rare to find storytelling as sharply and simply involving as this.’

The Telegraph

‘Frank McGuinness' new play the Match Box, is a stunner.’

The Observer