The Royal Court Theatre have followed
up the success of their last production, The Weir, with another thought-provoking Irish
play at Warwick Arts Centre.
play out Martin McDonagh's black comedy, a story of unrequited love, resentment and
frustration, set in the interior of a Connemara cottage, grimly decorated to echo the
darkness and desperation of their lives.
middle-aged spinster, Maureen (Kate Burton), is duty bound to care for her cantankerous
played in commanding style by Anna Manahan, is bent on frustrating her daughter's tenuous
expectations of happiness, which depend upon an uncertain liaison with an Irish labourer
working far away in London.
parent-sibling tensions have echoes of Ronnie Corbett's 'Sorry!', but on a much darker
level. Though there are laugh-out-loud moments, the comedy can only momentarily lighten
the underlying sense of brooding violence.
of this cyclical tale, that we have more in common with our parents than we care to
imagine, is underlined as the play unfolds and the focus of our sympathy shifts from
daughter to mother.
actors were flawless in their performance, with particularly deft comic touches from the
young Pato Dooley (Peter Gowen).
audience are taken through an emotional ride more bumpy than the Giant's Causeway, leaving
us feeling sadly empty as we realise that the characters will never be able to resolve
their unfulfilled lives.
highly-professional production which will amply reward your visit.