The essence of great theatre is storytelling, and Conor McPherson's quietly haunting and haunted 1997 masterpiece distils it to its purest form. The play originally premiered at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs (temporarily relocated at the time to a reconfigured Ambassadors) in 1997 before transferring to the West End's Duke of York's and winning the Olivier for Best New Play.
In Brendan’s pub, isolated above the town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman - spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen.