Jun 10 2016
‘I’ve wanted to do this play for a long, long time’
JULY MAY well be festival time in Galway with all sorts of wonderful shows to look forward to, but June also has one great, unmissable treat in store; Decadent Theatre’s new production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir.
On its première at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier awards for Best New Play, and immediately established McPherson’s eerie tale as a masterpiece of modern theatre; indeed Michael Billington, of The Guardian, recently included it in his list of the ‘101 Greatest Plays of All Time’.
The Weir unfolds on a stormy night in an isolated Leitrim pub as the local men are gathering for their evening pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a beautiful woman called Valerie – spurs them to impress her with stories. These are stories of souls past, spirits present and spectres unforeseen. One story, however, is more chilling, more sinister and more real than any of them could have foreseen.
Decadent’s production, directed by Andrew Flynn, marks the first major Irish revival and national tour of The Weir and is undoubtedly one of the must-see theatrical events of the year. Flynn has assembled a superlative cast for the production including Frankie McCafferty, Gary Lydon, Patrick Ryan, Garret Keogh and, in the role of Valerie, Janet Moran.
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