Saturday 21 October 2017

Eamonn Colfer in theatre directorial debut

By Esther Hayden

Ronan Byrne, Lee Kelly and writer/director Eamonn Colfer.
Ronan Byrne, Lee Kelly and writer/director Eamonn Colfer.
Andrew Smith as Phineas Lynch and Lee Kelly as Blyther.
Eamonn Colfer.
Ronan Byrne as Wasbaugh and Lee Kelly as Blyther in rehearsal.

Two new one-acts plays by Eamonn Colfer will be staged at Wexford Arts Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

The plays, 'Montauk Point' and 'Within the Veil', are a new departure for Eamonn, whose output has up to now has consisted of documentaries and short movies made under the banner of Hook Movies, notably short film 'Know Your Enemy', which was nominated for best comedy at the 2011 Fastnet Short Film Festival in Cork.

Eamonn recently made his official stage acting debut, playing Pa alongside Stephen Rooney as James Joseph in Eoghan Rua Finn's 'Come Along the Road Until You Stop Dead,' staged last December in Wexford Arts Centre as part of New Line Theatre's Triumph production.

His involvement in that play crystallized what had previously been general ideas into workable scenes for his own plays.

Both plays, also directed by Eamonn, offer stark commentary on the impact of centralized, institutional control.

'Montauk Point' is a half-hour piece, which centres around the interrogation of a soldier for his role in an atrocity he can't remember. The play incorporates actual spoken testimony and as such contains some disturbing passages.

The second play, 'Within the Veil', at just under an hour long, tells the story of two blind men, whose tenuous friendship is tested by a manipulative state official. The cast have already performed a reading of the play for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. Doors open at 8 pm and admission is €10.

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