Opened 22 Feb 2005
Written: by JP Miller in a new version by Owen McCafferty
Directed: Peter Gill
Cast: Anne-Marie Duff , Peter McDonald
Synopsis: Donal and Mona leave Belfast for a new start in 60s London. Strangers in an unfamiliar city, they fall in love with life, each other, and the drink. An exciting whirlwind of discovery starts to spiral out of control as alcohol takes its grip.
What the critics had to say.....
PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Immensely involving stage adaptation...and the brilliance and tact of Peter Gill's direction....A beautiful production." PETER HEPPLE for THE STAGE says, "The play fails to move as much as it should." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A good, gripping, if faintly hermetic, evening...Peter Gill's fine production." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Despite a couple of strong scenes, and occasional moments of insight, this never struck me as a persuasive account of either the hell of alcoholism or the possibility of recovery....Its picture of alcoholism feels like the dramatic equivalent of painting by numbers – contrived, clumsy, fatally lacking in empathy and inspiration." BEBEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Duff, moving from girlish sweetness to raddled rage, and McDonald, baffled and earnestly flummoxed as he watches disaster approach, bring discipline, truth, intensity and a scary symbiosis to the business of falling apart." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "The story is a little too neat to be completely interesting as drama."
Production photo by Stephen Cummiskey