Best Man – Smock Alley, Dublin

Reviewer: Ailish McCarthy

Writer: Mikey Fleming & Colman Hayes

Director: Mikey Fleming

A Few Words Theatre Company produces an electric performance of a genuine Irish wedding. Even for those who dislike weddings, you’ll love this one!

Cathal is the best man and erupts from the back of the stage, in a rush to make his best man speech. This portrayal of being under pressure is all too familiar to those who have had the privilege of experiencing an Irish wedding. Coleman Hayes (Cathal) wins the audience over immediately with his charm and charisma and maintains a high energy throughout the entire performance. The script is very authentic and the audience are in the palm of Hayes hands. They laugh and giggle excitedly as the play unravels.

It was a fantastic choice to have the audience as part of the wedding party, who responded with quirky anecdotes while referencing the history of the happy couple. The scripts juicy gossip has the audience on edge wanting more.

With tasteful religious jokes, the show moves in and out of sustainable relationships and friendships. It analyses the relationships that make us. The delicious details about the happy couples past is the best man speech we ALL want to hear! We learn that love is left up to fate (a coin toss) and that some relationships can stand the test of time.

The direction choices from Mikey Fleming is exceptional and handles the other side of love in a playful way. Fleming and Hayes, who also wrote the script, have managed to embody the chaos and energy of an Irish wedding, all in a one man show. The set is plain but effective, consisting of an easel with the happy couples names and a mic stand.

Running for 60 mins with no interval, the show holds a spotlight to those who are navigating their lives as a single in their 30’s. Thoroughly enjoyable and would love to see were this show goes.

Runs Until 29 October 2022.

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