Last Friday night I paid my first visit to ‘The New Theatre’ in Dublin’s Temple Bar. The venue is located over Connolly’s bookshop at 43, East Essex Street, and this 80 seater creates an intimate and friendly atmosphere.
The play I saw was ‘Stags and Hens’, written by Willy Russell in 1978, and performed by the graduation class in Theatre Studies and Performance, of Inchicore College of Further education.
Russell set the original in working class England of the 1970s, but it fits seamlessly into working class Ireland of 2014, loosing nothing in translation.
Set in a Dublin disco, the play focuses on Linda (The bride) and Dave (The groom) who celebrate their Hen and Stag nights on the same evening, with the main action taking place in the Women’s and Men’s toilets. When the girls realise that the now comatose Dave and his mates have also arrived at the club, they pull out all the stops to prevent Linda finding out. Added to this is the arrival of Linda’s now famous ex- boyfriend from London, to perform at the club, and you have all the ingredients for a great evening of comedy.
The cast all performed their parts magnificently, and did justice to Russell’s work. It’s heartening to know that the all the hard work put in by students and teachers alike of Inchicore College has been very productive indeed. The future of theatre in Ireland is in safe hands. Take a bow!