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The Weir – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Connor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Just as there are some bands who seem born to perform in stadiums and others whose natural home will forever be small, sweaty venues, there are some plays that demand a large theatre and others best appreciated in more intimate surroundings. The Weir falls into the latter category. Set in a ...

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The Weir – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,  Guildford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Steve Turner The Weir of the title is a run-down pub somewhere in the Irish countryside. Here we meet Jack the local garage owner, Jim an odd job man and sometime assistant to Jack, and Brendan the landlord, passing the evening together as they would seem to pass many evenings. Enter Finbar, a sometime ...

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The Weir – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s a deceptive air of normality at the opening of Conor McPherson’s much garlanded 1997 play The Weir; another evening in a rural Irish backwater pub, where the regulars shut out the howling wind and gather for a few pints and a ‘small one’ or two. Rachel O’Riordan – hugely successful ...

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The Weir – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Conor McPherson Director Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Emily Pearce The Sherman’s new production of The Weir (in conjunction with the Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol) is a subtle study of human behaviour that slowly gets under the skin. Conor McPherson’s one-act play set in a remote bar in rural Ireland received the Oliver Award for Best New Play (1997) when originally ...

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The Weir – Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Clara Mallon The ability to formulate stories is unique to the human condition. The art of storytelling is what gives us a shareable understanding of our existence. This idea is one of the main themes resonating throughout Conor McPherson’s multiple award-winning play The Weir. Decadent Theatre Company brings their new production of McPherson’s ...

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The Weir – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Brian Gleeson and Gary Lydon in The Weir at the Edinburgh Lyceum. Photo: Drew Farrell

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Amanda Gaughan Reviewer: Gareth Davies If there’s a chill in the air when you leave the Lyceum’s latest production, it may not be just the weather. Conor McPherson’s modern classic is an atmospheric tale of men and women, beer and whisky, fairies and children, often sold as a ghost story but in reality far more than ...

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The Weir – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Conor McPherson Director Josie Rourke Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The oral tradition of telling stories about the little people and the genuine superstitious nervousness that surrounds talking about such things has long been at the core of Irish culture. Before the written word, the travelling seanchaí was always in demand as the keeper of the stories and was listened to ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with… ETT Director Rachel Tackley

English Touring Theatre was founded in 1993 to create outstanding theatre and tour it to the widest possible audience.In 2008 Rachel Tackley took over the directorship of the company, making ETT the first large scale subsidised touring company to be producer-led.Under Tackley’s leadership the scope of ETT’s work widened to include adaptations of classic novels (Great Expectations, Grapes of Wrath), ...

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