The big blue

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THE DEEP BLUE SEA Gate Theatre, Dublin Prevs Apr 11-14 Opens Apr 15-May 31 8pm 130/128/125 01-8744045

The Gate’s pub­lic­ity blurb for its new pro­duc­tion boldly pro­claims its mer­its as a supreme ex­am­ple of the “well-made play”, a genre that has been more or less out of crit­i­cal favour since the death in 1977 of Ter­ence Rat­ti­gan, the play’s au­thor. The ab­sur­dists – Pin­ter, Beck­ett, Ionesco and a host of oth­ers – came along to displace pre-plot­ted struc­ture with a more or­ganic approach to cre­ativ­ity, style dis­plac­ing form. Well, that’s art, or even show busi­ness. But good theatre re­mains, like gold, where you find it.

Rat­ti­gan dom­i­nated Bri­tish theatre for decades, and his plays were supreme ex­am­ples of style wed­ded to form in a wholly in­te­grated way. His char­ac­ters were cred­i­ble, his com­mand of emo­tion mas­terly, and his feel for au­di­ence re­ac­tions unerring in a string of ma­jor plays. It is dif­fi­cult to re­alise that this is the first Ir­ish per­for­mance of The Deep Blue Sea, and it’s cer­tainly hats off to The Gate for rem­e­dy­ing so sig­nif­i­cant an omis­sion.

Ris­teárd Cooper and In­grid Craigie in The Deep Blue Sea, di­rected by Alan Stan­ford

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