Play it proud
THE PRIDE OF PARNELL STREET Tivoli Theatre, Dublin Preview Sep 26 Opens Sep 27-Oct 6 7.30pm mats 1pm 115-127 01-6778899 www.dublin theatrefestival.com
This Fishamble production of Sebastian Barry’s new play is billed as a world premiere, but it has already been performed in London’s Tricycle Theatre, a fringe venue associated with Irish plays, in recent weeks, and the English critics have bestowed a sufficiency of accolades on it. Barry writes in a truly creative style, lucid and poetic, that penetrates deep into his people and themes. This is a two-hander of interwoven monologues about a marriage gone tragically wrong, soaking up the zeitgeist of Dublin and its aboriginal inhabitants. Festival diaries should certainly give it serious priority.