The Charabanc Theatre Company

Charabanc Theatre Company was formed in 1983. It was born out of the frustration of five Belfast-based actresses at, not only the lack of work available to women in theatre, but also the quality of what was available. 

The company initially worked as a team to research, improvise and write plays reflecting the experiences of Belfast women, but also branched out to produce new and existing texts of relevance to audiences throughout Ireland. 

Over the next ten years the company become one of Ireland's most significant independent companies, producing many award winning shows and touring throughout Ireland and around the world. 

As well as Lay Up Your Ends, they also produced several plays by Marie Jones: The Girls in the Big Picture, Somewhere Over the Balcony, Oul Delf and False Teeth, Weddin’s We ‘ins and Wakes. Other productions included The Vinegar Fly by Nick Perry and October Song by Andy Hines and Bondagers by Sue Glover.