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‘How to Stop the Sea’ explores dark underbelly

Wednesday, 12th April, 2017 1:00am

‘How to Stop the Sea’ is a new spoken-word play with a dark underbelly, set in the wilds of Connemara.

Written by Emer McMahon and directed by Róisín Stack, starring Conor Quinlan and Johanne Webb, this show runs for two nights in An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Saturday 22 April at 8pm and Sunday 23 April at 5pm and 8pm.

A first time collaboration between new writer Emer McMahon and director Róisín Stack (creator of last year’s festival hit My Poet Dark and Slender), this eerily poetic piece combines rich, rhythmic language with a pared back style to create an atmospheric theatrical experience.

The cast is Macnas performance director Johanne Webb and Gaiety School of Acting graduate Conor Quinlan, recently seen alongside Jamie Dornan in the film Siege of Jadotville.

‘How to Stop the Sea’ is written in free verse. It tells the story of a woman who discovers a beetle infestation when she moves into what was once a family home. Upon investigation of this unwelcome collection, she meets her landlord’s son and the pair of outsiders soon form a deep bond. Set in a small town in the West of Ireland, the play is at times reminiscent of Greek tragedy, at other times the writing calls to mind contemporary Irish writers such as Mark O’Rowe.

“The writing is really beautiful and that’s what drew all of us to the project,” says director Róisín Stack. “It is different to anything I’ve done before - we have to find a way to let the language be centre stage but still make it visually interesting for the audience. We are performing poetry, really, so it is slow and mesmerising, almost meditative at times, and it has a wonderfully weird and touching story at its heart.”

The show is part of the Galway Theatre Festival and tickets are available from or via the Town Hall Theatre 091-569777 or on Tickets are €14/€12.

Galway Theatre Festival runs from 18 - 23 April.

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