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The Weir

Date

8th June 2012

Society

Boston Playgoers Society

Venue

Blackfriars Theatre, Boston

Type of Production

Play

Director

Alma Watts / David Edgar

Report

Author: Peter Breach

Superbly written, this play has it all. The action takes place in a quiet bar in a remote part of Ireland where three local men, all bachelors, are having a quiet drink. Jack Mullen (Jon Molson), Brendan Byrne (Danny Chester-Bush) and Jim Curran (Phil Landshoft) are awaiting the arrival of married Finbar Mack (David Edgar) a former resident of the village who, it is expected, will be accompanied by a young woman, Valerie (Rachel Rowett), who is not his wife but has recently moved to the area from Dublin. Soon after the couple arrive the men begin to tell mournful stories of unexplained happenings and death in order to impress this newcomer. Whilst Valerie visits the toilet, which is located in the private quarters, the men argue over their reasons for telling these tales accusing each other of deliberately setting out to frighten her. On her return to the bar Valerie tells the men a moving story which profoundly affects them and the way they relate to each other. This play contains much humour and is highly entertaining; in what appears to be a casual manner we are introduced to the innermost thoughts and feelings of the characters. Skilfully acted by an extremely competent cast and performed on a set that was well constructed and most appropriate, this production had the audience spellbound throughout. Thank you Boston Playgoers for providing us with this excellent theatrical treat.