Monday 25 February 2008

A Galway Girl & The Donahue Sisters


Saileóg O'Halloran and Brendan Ryan in A Galway Girl.

I reviewed this Geraldine Aron double bill on this very blog before. I was highly impressed by all involved. Zelig Theatre, take a most deserved bow. Theatre enthusiasts, take note. At the moment the show is currently in the midst of another run in the Town Hall Studio in Galway. I would strongly recommend that you attend.

Galway Girl Maisie is a working class mother struggling to keep her marriage, family, and life from disintegration. Dermot, her husband, is an abusive alcoholic, a man with
"poetry in his soul" yet with precious little in his demeanour. Maisie loves him but hates staying with him because of his unjustified behaviour.

Annie, Rosie, and Dunya are The Donahue Sisters. Life is not what each of the girls had hoped for as tales of unruly children, sham marriages, and flatulence problems slowly come to the fore. Their frustration is epitomised in a re-enactment of a childhood event that has disturbing consequences.

Geraldine Aron's writing is effortless. Hers is a firm grasp of tone, theme and character development. The five performances are uniformly excellent; the actors creating visceral characters of humanity and definition. The direction is subtle and knowledgeable. One can only applaud the technique with which both tales oscillate between witty one-liners and unsettling malevolence. Pathos and grand guignol often make for difficult bedfellows. Yet not here.

Be entertained. Be at the Town Hall Studio at 8.30pm from Tuesday 26th February to Saturday March 1st... That's when and where the play is on.

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