GG and I spent a lovely evening at the theatre last night. Now this is not The Abbey nor The Gate, but it is on the northside too. This is the hidden gem of The Viking Theatre in Clontarf, so just barely northside (in other word, a few minutes from the east link).
In this intimate little theatre over Connolly’s pub (aka The Sheds), we were treated to two wonderful short plays written by the iconic Jennifer Johnston. The first, “Moonlight and Roses”, presents Rose, an English teacher who returns home having just been fired. For the next forty five minutes, we enter into her world, as she reveals the secrets of her life from her childhood until now. Lise-Ann McLaughlin brings pathos and humour to the part as she tells her story, but also brings to life an array of characters from the headmaster with the pre-cancerous mole to her ineffectual and unloving mother.
The second play “Waiting” introduces Eithne in a hospital corridor waiting for her husband to die. Geraldine Plunkett as Eithne recounts her ordinary life in Glasthule to her mundane, married life in London running a little shop. But all is not as it seems and Eithne divulges to us the secret she has been keeping all these years.
In such a small theatre (probably only holds about 60), you make such a connection with the actors. I felt that I was a confidante; each character was speaking to me personally and I was utterly absorbed. Obviously wonderful writing and top-notch acting from two of Ireland’s most accomplished television and stage actors helps too.
Some friends of mine won’t go to one-man (or even one-woman!) plays as they feel they are monotonous and boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. These particular short plays run until December 12. Get your asses to Clontarf to The Viking! You can find them on Facebook or check out their website wwwvikingtheatredublin.com