Smilin' Through

Winner of 2003 Writing Out Award for Best New Gay Play organised by Finborough Theatre London.
 
Nominated for Best New Play 2005 by the Manchester Evening News Theatre awards.
 
Smilin' Through was originally co-produced in 2005 by Contact, Birmingham Rep, Queer Up North and Truant and was supported by Arts Council England. It was produced again in 2007 at The Drill Hall in London.
 
It was directed by Natalie Wilson and written by Billy Cowan. The first production starred Gillian Hanna, Marty Rea, Terence Corrigan, Sean Kearns, Walter McMonagle and Alison Harding. The London production starred Gillian Hanna, Declan Harvey, Russell Simpson, Billy Boyle, Wendy Parkin and Colm Gormley.

Reviews

"The kind of challenging work from the regions the National should be showcasing."
 
Birmingham Post
On the eve of the Good Friday Agreement, Kyle Morrow comes out to his fiercely Presbyterian mother, Peggy. When she tells him to get out he barricades himself into his bedroom and goes on hunger strike until she accepts his sexuality and agrees to let him stay.                                    
"Cowan's writing has a gleeful abandon that is beguiling."
 
3 Stars The Times 
"A hard hitting play with a strong message and is at times exhilaratingly surreal."
 
The Stage 
"Smilin' Through is a piece that persuades you to hike your belt in an extra couple of notches."
 
3 Stars The Guardian 
"It's not subtle but Smilin' Through has real energy and anger along with the jokes."
 
4 Stars Manchester Evening News