Glasgow Comedy Festival


The Ether Frolics of Ballinascreen

Òran Mór
Sunday 22 March


Update: This show has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. All tickets will be refunded.

The true story of the ‘ether drinking craze’ which swept through Ulster in the late 19th century.  

A musical play that looks askance at the bizarre and hilarious events in the Ballinascreen district at the height of the frolics. Why did the interfering London Government dispatch Sir Lyon Playfair to investigate a small Ulster town?  Why was the Church so keen on abstinence? Were the locals really consuming 5 tons of liquid ether per week?  And, what exactly was that smell?

A staged reading of Brenda Carson’s black comedy.  Original songs and music by Dave Anderson.  Directed by Liz Carruthers.