Patrick Ryan and Maeve Fitzgerald in Eden.
WELL-KNOWN Irish comedian Conal Gallen will take to the stage at Westport Town Hall Theatre on Friday, November 12, at 8 p.m.
After almost two years of not performing, Conal is ready to return to what he does best – entertaining!
His return to the stage in Westport is one that he has been eagerly awaiting and is looking forward to presenting his ever popular stand-up comedy show where audiences are guaranteed a big night of hilarious yarns, laughter and craic.
Following on from that, on Saturday, November 13, at 8 p.m., highly acclaimed Galway-based theatre company Decadent will make their very first appearance in Westport with their current tour of Eden, by Eugene O’Brien.
This award-winning drama, starring Maeve Fitzgerald and Patrick Ryan, is a story of stale love and fresh lust in the Irish midlands and a searing exploration of marital breakdown and taboo topics such as Irish masculinity, sexual dysfunction, and Ireland’s relationship with alcohol. The play’s two brilliantly drawn characters open their hearts to audiences with honesty, humour, and heartbreak.
From the writer of hit RTÉ drama Pure Mule, Eugene O’Brien’s Eden won Best New Play at both the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the Stewart Parker Awards in 2001. It has been performed in London’s West End, on Broadway, and translated into several languages.
Eden has been plagued by plagues, but the tense two-hander is ideally suited to the Covid era, according to Andrew Flynn, artistic director of Decadent Theatre Company.
“This year happens to be Eden’s 20th anniversary,” says Flynn. “It premiered in 2001 and, bizarrely, that tour was cancelled because of foot and mouth disease.
“Social distancing is intrinsic to the play because the two characters are completely alienated from each other. The play’s structure demands that the characters never meet, interact or touch. They are in their own worlds on the stage and don’t even know the other is there.”
For further details on bookings, contact Westport Town Hall Box Office on (098) 28459 or go online (www.westporttheatre.com).