Today I think I possibly had the best theatre of my life. I was brought up going to community plays and I also love Friel, Shakespeare and Marie Jones.
I love Oscar Wilde with an unending passion. I absolutely loved Laundry by ANU last year and I love new playwrights to.
But to see Dubliners in Dublin in The Gaiety was just amazing. I studied the book for my A levels in Co Antrim 25 years ago and as I waited for the curtain to rise today I wished I had crammed for this performance.
I needn’t have worried.
The place names, street names and pub names came alive for me as never before. I discovered humour and such depth in Joyce that as a teenager I never knew existed.
The is a timelessness to the short stories that gives them a resonance today.
It was absolutely amazing. The actors brought the characters alive without deviating from the rich linguistic heritage that is James Joyce.
I honestly think that is the
best show I have ever seen or indeed will ever see, and to see it in my adopted city with fresh eyes was an experience I will treasure forever.