MON­DAY 27.10.14

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - PC

ROCK Royal Blood Fol­low­ing their show with Arc­tic Mon­keys at Mar­lay Park dur­ing the sum­mer, the two English RB lads (drum­mer Ben Thatcher, vo­cal­ist/bassist Mike Kerr) re­turn to rock yer socks off. Some peo­ple don’t get this duo’s pop­u­lar­ity (Grey Keys? Mag­no­lia Stripes?), but this sold-out gig tells a dif­fer­ent Twelve years ago, when Blue Rain­coat’s Niall Henry di­rected Play­boy for the Abbey The­atre, it was as though Christy Ma­hon had been re­born. And with him, fall­ing into the bar as if from the sky, JM Synge’s play seemed en­tirely new. Now Blue Rain­coat it­self stages the clas­sic, fol­low­ing the phys­i­cally-adept en­sem­ble’s ex­plo­rations of Flann O’Brien and Beck­ett. Hav­ing kept such company, the dark, un­set­tling notes of this much-re­vis­ited clas­sic might sound out all the clearer.

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