King’s Theatre I The Weir Review

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2 Leven St,

Writer: Connor McPherson

Director: Adele Thomas


Louis Dempsey (Finbar), Sean Murray (Jack), John O’Dowd (Jim), Sam O’Mahony (Brendan), Natalie Radmall-Quirke (Valerie)

Story-telling is at the heart of The Weir, sucking you into it as soon as it starts. The Weir, on just now at the King’s Theatre, is a pleasure to watch. From the very beginning you feel yourself being transported from the beautiful setting of the King’s Theatre into an Irish pub. The play is about three local men who are trying to impress a young woman who has just moved into the area. They all tell her their share of supernatural tales while she listens with more and more interest. However, it is her who steals the show by telling a story about her child, changing the mood of the play. It is a hugely emotional play which catches you somewhat off-guard. The characters and set make it feel like you are part of the banter, story-telling, pint drinking and the lovely magic of King’s Theatre only adds to the overall experience.

The Weir is a winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play. It is a shadowy tale delving into the dark corners of human lives, it is a co-production between English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester.


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