Plain Heroines and Park Theatre present

The 4th Country

By Kate Reid

Directed by Gabriella Bird


Northern Ireland. 2019. 

Unfortunately for Niamh and Conor, life in Derry-Londonderry isn’t all leprechauns, Riverdance and whiskey. And the resurfacing of their dark family history is quickly becoming the least of their worries. 

Direct from its five-star run at VAULT festival (2020), The 4th Country takes a funny, poignant and thought-provoking look at life in modern Northern Ireland, and asks who should tell its stories. 

Plain Heroines are a female led theatre company who make funny plays about difficult subjects. They return to Park Theatre following the development of Kate Reid’s Entropy with Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator 2019. Previous work includes January (White Bear Theatre), Three Days’ Time (Edinburgh Fringe) and Madwomen in the Attic (Edinburgh Fringe). The 4th Country was a finalist for the Charlie Hartill Award 2020 and Kate Reid was a finalist for the Royal Court Lynne Gagliano Writers’ Award 2019.


'An exceptional piece of work.' ★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls

'Ambitious, entertaining and resonant play exploring Northern Ireland's history and politics' ★★★★ The Stage  

'This very contemporary play is refreshing and challenging' ★★★★ The Reviews Hub 

'Extraordinarily moving' British Theatre Guide




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Photography: The Other Richard

Artwork: Rebecca Pitt