Lots of real laughter, nothing canned, in the Cork Arts Theatre last evening when Love, Peace and Robbery, first performed in 2009, by local reporter Liam Heylin had its latest opening. But lots of mentions of the can as well as the two main characters, each out on a “programme”, know well the inside of the slammer.
Briefly, Garry and Darren are already on curfew for a couple of dodgy jobs gone wrong.
They’re determined to go straight. Sort of. But Garry’s young fella needs 360 euro for the school trip to Old Trafford on Saturday week and Darren knows a handy post office just a few miles outa town...
Garry, the veteran of the pair, weakens and the job is on. The robbery doesn't go very well. Darren leaves his mobile at the scene. “You have to make it easy for the fuckers!” The investigating garda could probably nail the two of them but, knowing the case against Garry is weaker and sensing that the veteran may be suffering from crime and jail fatigue, settles for locking up Darren.
As the play closes, Darren (a Liverpool fan) makes arrangements with Garry to look after Heskey his mutt. And Heskey is the earliest character on stage – he comes off it as well, bounding and barking into the howling audience.
Garry (Aidan O’Hare) and the noisier Darren (Shane Casey) are superbly performed but Ciaran Birmingham (who plays everybody else) was perhaps the star of the comedy, a comedy laced with the earthy language of the local criminal, so well observed by author Heylin.
Ciaran’s first appearance is as Heskey and in one hilarious scene with Darren he assumes an undogly quality (won’t tell you anymore – you have to go and see it!) and the scene itself assumes a surreal air and sends the audience into stitches.
Birmingham plays a whole string of characters including a stern garda, Garry’s long suffering wife (You’re still on probation with me boy) and even Garry’s sour faced teenage son and more!
Well done to the excellent trio on stage and to the background team of Donal Gallagher (director) , Jamie Feehily, Medb Lambert and Cormac O’Connor. The play, which has toured nationally and internationally, has already garnered critical acclaim for Heylin’s writing and all I can do is add my congratulations. Thank you all for a terrific evening at the CAT.
The show, by Cork Arts Theatre Repertory Company, runs until the 26th of January. More details here