Charlie McGuinness in rehearsals with director Padraic McIntyre

The Determinator is set to play Virginia

Charlie McGuinness brings his performance of the madcap one man show The Determinator to the Ramor next week.

The Virginia venue hosts John McManus’s hilarious play on Friday, February 16 - a welcome chance to see a comedy repeatedly name-checked as amongst the highlights of 2023 in our arts review.

The Determinator charts the story of Herbie Hoctor who is struggling - his landlord has given notice to quit; his nemesis and neighbour is threatening him with the Guards; he’s been fired from his job for refusing to sing the Happy Birthday song; there’s a dead body lying under his bedroom floor and - worst of all - he’s just discovered that his ex-girlfriend, the love of his life is getting married... tomorrow... in New York.

When the Celt reviewed last year’s original run we praised: “McGuinness inhabited the personas of a whole village with such deftness the viewer would be forgiven for forgetting it was a one man show. No doubt Padraic McIntyre’s direction helped achieve the illusion as McGuinness, dressed in a garish orange sweatshirt and with only a fold-away chair for company, seemingly filled the stage.”