The Weir by Conor McPherson at The Lyric
05 – 30 September 2017
“McPherson’s writing powerfully and poetically evokes social cohesion, loneliness and the irresistible pull of the supernatural. Director Andrew Flynn has a reputation for burrowing under the skin of a text and he unwinds McPherson’s play at an unhurried pace, allowing each well-worn yarn to trump the previous one… As the layers of McPherson’s piercing narrative are unpeeled, the plight of his compelling characters seeps persuasively and effectively into the individual performances.” The Stage
“Viewing Conor McPherson’s The Weir is like having a really, really good night down your local. Over the course of an hour and 45 minutes, we cosy up in Brendan’s pub, an isolated bar in a small Leitrim town while a vicious storm rages outside. Through superb acting and some gripping story telling the audience quickly becomes enthralled as the characters weave their tales of the unexplained and possibly supernatural, each trying to impress more than the last.” Pastiebap
On a stormy night in Brendan’s pub, isolated above a Leitrim town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a beautiful woman – spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past, spirits present and spectres unforeseen. One story, however, is more chilling, more sinister and more real than any of them could have foreseen.
On its première in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier award for Best New Play, and established Conor McPherson’s eerie tale as a masterpiece of modern theatre. Quietly compelling and strangely chilling, The Weir is the perfect story for a September night. Decadent’s production marks the first major Irish revival and national tour of The Weir, an undoubted modern classic.
WINNER OF THE EVENING STANDARD, CRITICS’ CIRCLE AND OLIVIER AWARD FOR BEST PLAY