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23 April 2018

After a sell-out show last year, smash hit ‘It’s Wine O’Clock’ is back by popular demand at the Alley Theatre on Friday 11th May.

Devised and written by Rozlyn Sheridan and Teresa McBride, better known as their popular internet aliases Nuala and Noleen, It’s Wine O'Clock was the sharpest comedy of 2017.

The story takes place at a wedding in the fictional Ballymuff Hotel, south of the Irish border.

Seamus, a farmer from South Armagh, is marrying Sharon, a Belfast girl he met on Tinder, who is heavily pregnant.

The story of the couple's special day is told by various people at the wedding, including Yummy Mummies, elderly grannies, a pair of farmers... plus other characters, both familiar and fun.

The play involves a lot of quick changes for Rozlyn and Teresa who play every part, it also showcases their acute observational skills and comic timing.

"I absolutely love it," said Teresa, from Glassdrummond in Silverbridge, South Armagh. "When we are in the right costume and wig and have our props, it's quite easy to jump into each character.

"The fact that we play such a range of characters, and that our costume changes are so fast, is actually quite the talking point with our audience. On a few different occasions some people thought there were four people in the show - which we've taken as a compliment!"

The girls have experimented with many of their characters, including the popular Nuala and Noleen, who have their own Facebook page where videos appear regularly.

"They are a big hit with the audience," said Teresa. "They struggle with diets and with Tinder.

“Their dance part in the show is a big crowd pleaser as people can see themselves, or their sister or friends, in the girls."

Rozlyn and Teresa performed together in the play, Dirty Dusting, three years ago, and have also worked on various other projects.

They met through Rozlyn's sister, Edel, who was Teresa's performing arts teacher.

Roz set up her own stage school and hired Teresa to teach drama and dance, sharing a sense of humour, they quickly became best friends and have worked effortlessly together for fourteen years, enjoying showbiz stints in plays, panto and radio.

But nothing prepared them for the huge success of It’s Wine O'Clock, which all started with the Nuala and Noleen Facebook page.

With the characters proving such a hit on the Internet, Rozlyn and Teresa quickly devised the stage show last year which was a complete sell out nationwide.

Which is why the girls have decided to bring It’s Wine O'Clock back to Strabane.

Rozlyn, who is from Newry, said: "After attending eight weddings last year I knew that it would be the perfect setting to incorporate all the characters that we play. And we were also able to link them together with a storyline that has a great twist at the end."

The audience reaction has been overwhelming: "We have to learn to ride the laughs and try not to laugh ourselves on stage, as the belly laughs are infectious.

"We've received unbelievable reviews, some very touching, from women who were feeling low and felt that the show had been such a tonic. 

"The main comment we hear is that the show should be prescribed through the NHS. Also that we would give Mrs Brown a run for her money... which is a huge compliment to us both!"

Come along for a great girl’s night out at the Alley Theatre, wine promotion available on the night in the Alley Theatre Bar. 

Tickets are £20 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com.