Project Arts Centre. Ends May 14 8.15pm ¤16/¤14 projectartscentre.ie
A few years ago, the writer Peter Dunne made quite an impact with a play that took a real-life, morally dubious, social experiment as its inspiration for a story about what makes people do what they do. That play was The Broadening, staged by Glass Doll Productions, who finally return with Dunne’s follow-up. Again directed by Ronan Phelan, it seems to take real-life, morally dubious circumstances and extrapolates them into a fascinatingly grim analysis of society. A girl has been long missing, her mother has done everything to find her, but public appeals have dimmed and the case is all but forgotten. How can she get people to care again, and will mass entertainment be the answer? If the premise sounds like something worthy of Black Mirror, the sci-fi satire of our near-present, that’s no bad thing. Magnified horrors have always been an effective way of taking a hard look at ourselves.