Truth, Reconciliation And Head-Butting In Quietly

Irish author Owen McCafferty’s new play Quietly arrives within the Soho Theatre with a bang – and a string of awards to its identify. And deservedly so: this can be a piece crackling with menace regarding two males from both aspect of Belfast’s spiritual divide coming collectively for the primary time in a pub. We study early on that there’s dangerous blood between Jimmy (Patrick S’Kane) and Ian (Declan Conlon) however the play takes its time to disclose the small print of the violence that connects them after which raises the strain to an virtually insufferable degree earlier than we discover out if there’s any probability of those two males resolving their private histories.

A’Kane provides a very extraordinary efficiency as Jimmy, prowling the bar like a velociraptor, sinking pints and slamming the empty glasses down then sitting together with his complete physique right into a fist. Conlon’s Ian strikes out the best way for him however his bear-like presence ensures that any bodily pressure shall be met with equal and reverse resistance. The solely different character is the Polish barman Robert (Robert Zawadzki) who acts as neutral witness to the stand-off, maintaining one nervous eye on the excessive-stakes soccer match enjoying within the background and promising a riot within the streets outdoors if the end result goes towards Northern Ireland.

Quietly just isn’t an ideal play – the politics are undoubtedly slanted in a single path which does mood the central notion of residents who share the identical streets locked in a self-perpetuating cycle of hate. Then once more, maybe a extra evenly-balanced debate would detract from the very important rawness that provides this story it’s energy. And throughout a time when each Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have been within the headlines linked to darkish deeds accomplished within the identify of nationalism, maybe the play’s concentrate on the Catholic victims redresses the historic bias that exists on this nation. If there’s any justice, Quietly will win extra awards and Patrick I’Kane will clear up.

Quietly is on on the Soho Theatre till 22 June 2014. Londoners noticed this play on a complimentary ticket.

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