Monday 14 August 2017

Room - Abbey Theatre

It's been a few weeks since I went to see Room but I really don't want to leave it without saying even just a few words about it.

I am signed up to alerts from the Abbey and a couple of months ago when I got the email that Room was coming I immediately went on to their website and booked tickets for the last night.  I had read the book when it first came out, and then saw the film and although an awfully tough subject I enjoyed* them both so much I knew I wanted to see the play.  Also I had seen some great reviews of it - it was an English production that was coming to Ireland.

*I don't think "enjoy" is the correct word considering the subject but I really can't think of any other way of saying it.

Anyway, back to the play.  It was an emotional watch and I am not too proud to admit that I cried many times through it.  A testament to the writing and a testament to the cast.  The production was great - right down to the lighting and the set which were both very imaginative.  I do have to say that sometimes it is apparent when a production is from the UK as compared to an Irish production.  Not all the time I emphasise (the Irish do produce great theatre) but when it is better it is so much better.  This was the case with this play.  I honestly don't think any Irish actor could play Ma and play Little Jack as well as Whitney White and Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans did.


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