(Seen at the afternoon performance on 25th January 2014)
A barman, two regulars, a returning local bringing a young women the men all
want to impress. An hour and 45 or so minutes of barroom talk, and a prolonged
exchange of local Irish tales with a supernatural twist.
Except that it isn't.
Well, not after the play has finished and the monkey got a proper chance to
think about it rather than simply sit and absorb. Every tale is a whole book
about each character, an entire life and personal philosophy in a single story -
and yet it simply feels like a casual chat. There's also a wonderful comic
sequence, which lightens the proceedings no end...
That the quintet of actors,
Brian Cox, Peter McDonald, Ardal O'Hanlon, Risteard Cooper and Dervla Kirwan
play so effortlessly together on both levels, leaving the stage only to "use the
facilities," and hold us rapt is a tribute to the quality of both performances
and of writing.
If you are interested in people, fine acting, thoughtful writing and can get a
ticket, see this.