All Is Fair In Love, Peace and Robbery
THE latest offering in the Everyman Theatre Cork stars some of Cork’s finest: Shane Casey, Aidan O’Hare and Michael Sands. A repeat performance – back due to popular demand – it is obvious why audiences demanded that Love, Peace and Robbery return. Set in Cork, the play portrays two grown men, Gary, 34, and Darren, 22, recently released from prison and struggling to rebuild their lives. Garry: “I’m 34 boy, and me young fella of 14 don’t have to be home till 12 an’ I’m in for ten? Dere’s something wrong wit da system dere like.”
Darren: “I’m 22 an’ me dog is out later.”
Garry has been in and out of prison for years, struggling with alcohol and pill addiction but this is the last straw, or his “ol’ doll” will take the kids and leave him for good. Darren has just been released but his girlfriend has gone to New Jersey, leaving him to struggle at home with only his mom and his dog (played by Michael Sands) for support. Trouble ensues when Garry’s eldest son is offered a chance to play football in Old Trafford but can’t afford to go. What should the two criminals do? Return to their old ways and risk being caught? Or try to stay on the straight and narrow?
While Casey and O’Hare are excellent at playing Darren and Garry respectively, Michael Sands steals the show. Playing everyone else including Darren’s dog and Garry’s “ol’ doll”, he has the audience in stitches. The speed at which he changes from character to character and back again could give you whip lash and still they are seamless transitions, making it abundantly clear that he is a different character. Stage direction by Donal Gallagher is also incredible. From interactions between characters to simply changing the set, it is seems that every movement is choreographed to perfection. Speaking of the set: four boxes. That’s all it took to make several scenes come to life, four boxes.
If you get a chance to see this show I advise you to take it. It’s a master class in direction, acting and how to use a stage. My only criticism is that it’s only an hour and 20 minutes long, I could have used a second half.
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