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Maz and Bricks

“Poignant and political”
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Eva O’Connor’s new play – in Edinburgh as part of the Culture Ireland Showcase – attacks that classic crux of contemporary Irish drama: progress, and society’s resistance towards it. And it attacks it well: Maz and Bricks is a tenderly crafted two-hander about the struggle to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, which effectively banned abortion.

A guy and a girl meet on the streets of Dublin. She’s a fierce pro-choice campaigner on a march. He’s apathetic about abortion, but desperate to see his baby daughter. They both have traumatic pasts, but as they hurtle around O’Connell Street, over the Liffy, and through Temple Bar – O’Connor’s script is thoroughly rooted geographically – they bond. There’s a palpable spark between them, and a palpable spark about O’Connor’s writing, which is poetic and prosaic by turns.

Jim Culleton’s production for Fishamble – Ireland’s leading new writing company – is soft and sensitive, drawing two cracking performances from O’Connor herself and from Ciaran O’Brien.

Maz and Bricks isn’t perhaps as structurally sophisticated as it might be – when the two characters are separated in the narrative, it proceeds in pedestrian fashion, monologue chunk after monologue chunk. But it’s got polish, political bite, and poignancy too.

Production Details
Production nameMaz and Bricks
VenueSummerhall
LocationEdinburgh
StartsAugust 1, 2018
EndsAugust 26, 2018
Running time1hr 20mins
AuthorEva O’Connor
DirectorJim Culleton
Set designerMaree Kearns
Lighting designerSinead Mckenna
Sound designerCarl Kennedy
CastCiaran O’Brien, Eva O’Connor
Stage managerTara Doolan
ProducerEva Scanlan, Fishamble
VerdictPoignant and political Irish two-hander about the struggle to repeal the eighth
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