Do You Believe In Ghosts?

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 Conor McPherson is arguably Britain’s most innovative playwright and ‘The Weir’, to be performed this October at Ormskirk Civic Hall, is one of his most popular and scary plays. A theatrical tour de force, it’s easy to see why this tale of ghostly haunting won not one but two Olivier Awards.  Too Friendly Theatre Company will be performing the show from the 11th to the 13th October 2012. Tickets are just £5 and can be obtained from the advanced booking line on 01704 541306. You can find out more about the company and the play by logging on to their website
The play, said to be one of the most influential ever written, has enjoyed rave reviews and multiple awards over the years, not unlike the ‘Too Friendly’ themselves.
The productions director, Cliff Gillies explains the story “The setting is Brendan’s pub in the remote town of Leitrim in the west of Ireland, an area of real desolation and loneliness. The locals, Jack and Jim, gather at the pub to partake in a glass or two, laughing at Finbar – their county land-owning friend – who is showing off the town to a woman who recently arrived from Dublin.   

Finbar arrives with Valerie on his arm and the men begin to compete for her attention, weaving spine tingling tales of ghosts and the supernatural. As the evening progresses – and the stout continues to pour – they discover she has her own tale to tell, a tale so beautiful, frightening and haunting that it is destined to change their lives forever.”

Helen Haygarth, the company’s co-founder explains; “Dramatic monologues are McPherson’s forte and the four ghost stories that hold this play together are amazing pieces of writing, both dramatic and chilling.
Actor Rob Darby, who plays Finbar continues “The dialogue is written in an Irish country slang and as such it is hugely difficult to follow, learn and perform. It’s a real challenge to bring that to an audience.
The Weir is a wonderfully written play as you would expect from Conor McPherson but this production is going to be a bit different too as it’s to be staged ‘in the round’ with the actors right in amongst the audience throughout the play. 
The play is both hugely funny and achingly sad but it’s also very scary. All of which means that you should book your tickets for this spine-tingling show now… in fact book two… that way you will have someone to hold your hand.

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