THURS­DAY 10.12.15

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THE­ATRE The Plea­sure Ground First staged ear­lier this year as Fre­goli the­atre com­pany’s first main stage pro­duc­tion at Gal­way’s Town Hall The­atre, and plan­ning to tour, Jar­lath Tiv­nan’s play tells the story of a group of es­tranged friends who meet back at their old teenage haunt, a play­ground known as the Plea­sure Ground. All around the faded park, though, the old town is dy­ing, and life hasn’t matched up to their expectations, just as buried se­crets are un­earthed, past griev­ances boil over and old scores are set­tled. Since the work of James Joyce came out of copyright, al­most four years ago, we’ve seen sev­eral version of his work reach the stage in in­trigu­ing new shapes, in­clud­ing (but cer­tainly not lim­ited to) Olwen Fouéré’s solo run on Fine­gans Wake, the Corn Ex­change’s Dublin­ers and the Abbey’s The Dead. Here, Per­for­mance Cor­po­ra­tion take his best-known short story, the con­clud­ing chap­ter of Dublin­ers, and give it a mu­si­cal treat­ment in this new cham­ber opera from com­poser Ellen Cran­itch and li­bret­tist Tom Swift. Through a bit­ter­sweet Christ­mas gath­er­ing in 1904, in which lit­tle ap­pears to hap­pen

Ther­apy? on the sur­face but all the while chal­lenges flare, lives are fall­ing apart and the chance of fresh beginnings fall as softly as the snow, Jo Man­gan di­rects Clare Bar­rett, Lisa Lambe, Ruth McGill (above) and Rory Mus­grave, ac­com­pa­nied by a string quar­tet.

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