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WATCH: Derry's first soap opera 'The McCraic-ens' is taking the internet by storm
28 Nov 2018
A sitcom penned by a Derry writer has become an online hit, garnering hundreds of clicks and gaining fans from around the world. The first six episodes of the ‘McCraic-ens’ are available on Facebook and feature the adventures of a mad cap Derry family. Writer and director Irene Melaugh, who is best known to local audiences for her plays such as the ‘Dumped Divorcee Support Group’, saw a gap in the market for a home grown drama that showed cased our unique sense of humour. “The first Episode of The McCraic-ens was filmed at the start of 2017 so we were here before ‘Derry Girls’,” she explained. “I love the Derry sense of humour. “It is sharp, playfully sarcastic and uniquely authentic to our great city. “I have long thought that we needed a platform to high light our never ending ability to laugh at ourselves inspire of all we endured over many years of hardship.” The slap stick show features Mags, her husband Jimbo, their son Whacky-Backy, fourteen daughter year old Majella and Mags’ sister Lola, the ‘over ripened Lady-of-the-night’. “Each episode is a complete story,” said Irene, who also acts in the show. “This is raw comedy, irreverent and unapologetically, politically incorrect. “We take stories that we hear are happening in Derry.” The show is made on a shoe string budget, but Irene is hoping it will be picked up by a production company and brought to TV. “To date we have made six episodes,” she said. “We would love to do one a week, but we have no funding so it’s difficult for some of the group who must work. “All of us in the show do it because we love the craic. “I have a truly great team of local actors and for some of them it’s their first time acting and I can tell you, as a veteran of many years on the stage, they have incredible comedy timing. “I am privileged to have found them. “The pleasure of hearing from so many people that we brighten their day makes it all worthwhile. “I’ve been contacted on Facebook from people from England and Canada saying it’s great and asking why they have never seen it on TV.” To see the show visit ‘The McCraic-ens’ page on Facebook.
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