BY CONOR McPHERSON
Theatre’s power as an arena for storytelling meets the great Irish tradition of the bar room tale in Conor McPherson’s brilliant gem of a play about loss and the consolations of connection.
In a small rural pub in the west of Ireland, the regulars and their host fall into swapping ghost stories, the sort of local legends and anecdotes that over the years get stretched in the telling. It’s not their usual entertainment for a weeknight. They’re just showing off, as fellas do, throwing around a little blarney for the benefit of an attractive stranger in their midst. And Valerie, who has just moved from Dublin into town seems to be enjoying the stories. What’s the harm in it? Who could know how deeply these stories strike home and that the most heart-chilling story is waiting to be told?
Director: Sam Strong
Set & Costume Designer: Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer: Matt Scott
Composer & Sound Designer: Steve Francis
Cast Includes: Peter Kowitz, Ian Meadows, Robert Menzies & Greg Stone
Assistant Director/Voice & Dialect Coach: Leith McPherson
“For shivers, laughs and a night of master storytelling you cannot top The Weir”
TIME OUT NEW YORK