As­sump­tions and pre­sump­tions

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PRE­SUMP­TION Chad­wick’s Theatre, Car­rigeen In­dus­trial Es­tate Clon­mel, Co Tip­per­ary Jul 8-11 7pm 115/113/110 www.chad­wicks.ie 353-5221822 An­gel is a small, ad­ven­tur­ous theatre com­pany from Sh­effield whose work chal­lenges the con­ven­tional bound­aries be­tween per­form­ers and au­di­ence. Pre­sump­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Clon­mel's Junc­tion Fes­ti­val, some­thing dif­fer­ent that has al­ready earned its ac­co­lades.

Pre­sump­tion has only two char­ac­ters, a mar­ried cou­ple in their 30s who are strug­gling with fad­ing love and dreams as rou­tine habits and pas­sive emo­tions dom­i­nate their lives.

The play de­con­structs their re­la­tion­ship through a mix­ture of so­lil­o­quy, flash­back and rit­ual dis­cus­sion, start­ing on a bare stage. Then the cou­ple be­gin to build the set, bring­ing on pieces of furniture un­til they have fi­nally cre­ated a room that re­flects their col­lec­tive per­son­al­i­ties. It is called home.

Ques­tions are raised. Do they re­ally want a life to­gether, and has that de­ci­sion in fact al­ready been made a long time ago? Some­times the words they use are ir­ri­ta­ble and di­vi­sive, even while they are build­ing for their fu­ture. It is the kind of theatre that de­liv­ers the shock of recog­ni­tion. GERRY COL­GAN can’T see ThaT? caTch This Phae­dra’s Love Project Up­stairs, Dublin

Lucy El­li­son in Pre­sump­tion

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