Plain Heroines and Park Theatre present

The 4th Country

By Kate Reid

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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 play 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.


'One of the most powerful dramatic experiences I’ve enjoyed for years' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

'One of those pieces of work that should become known as an “Important Play"' ★★★★1/2 The Reviews Hub 

'A sharply written, beautifully performed and entertaining piece of drama' ★★★★ Morning Star

'A tale told with humanity, humour and understanding' ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions

'A vivid and uncompromisingly political gem of a play' ★★★★ Broadway World UK 

'A highly literate and thought-provoking play' ★★★★ Pocket Size Theatre

'A production that deserves praise as it passes important messages and it does so effectively' The Upcoming 

'Perky, versatile performances from Reid, Rachael Rooney, Aoife Kennan and Cormac Elliott' The Guardian 

 'A clever presentation of emotions and situations so close and so painful' London Living Large 

'A swift, engaging production that features four exquisite performances' WhatsOnStage

'An intelligent and enjoyable example of contemporary political theatre' The Arts Desk 

'An engaging and poignant drama' Exeunt Magazine







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Photography: The Other Richard

Artwork: Rebecca Pitt