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“Spotlights a seedy side of society”

There’s a certain point at which two single men living in a houseshare crosses the line from chummy to tragic – let’s call it the Peep Show marker. O’Rourke and Beezer are well into this territory, sharing not only a grotty London flat, but also a double bed.

Their landlord and his lackey arrive one morning, with the promise of free rent for six months if the pair looks after something for a while. The tenants are afraid it’s going to be a dog. It’s a whole lot worse.

Make no mistake, Eugene O’Hare’s debut full-length play is one of the most unrelentingly bleak shows you will see this year. It lifts the lid on a murky underworld and introduces you to the sort of reprehensible people that leave you feeling grubby just by being in their presence.

It’s not everybody’s idea of a pleasant night out at the theatre, sure, but those who skip it are missing out on a Martin McDonagh-esque script that manages to wring out drops of humanity and even laughter in the face of abject misery. Particularly so in the second act, in which a series of crushingly sad monologues are relayed to unresponsive parties.

Credit, too, must go to the seasoned cast who let the grim material do the talking, creating a palpable sense of unease in the audience.

After two and a quarter hours, you’ll relieved to escape this claustrophobic show, but the subject matter will stay with you for days afterwards.

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Production Details
Production nameThe Weatherman
VenuePark Theatre
StartsAugust 15, 2019
EndsSeptember 14, 2019
Running time2 hrs 15 mins
AuthorEugene O’Hare
ComposerGiles Thomas
DirectorAlice Hamilton
Set designerJames Perkins
Costume designerFlora Moyes
Lighting designerTina Mac Hugh
Sound designerGiles Thomas
Casting directorAnnelie Powell
CastAlec Newman, Cyril Nri, David Schaal, Mark Hadfield, Niamh James
TechnicalDaniel Cooper
Company stage managerSophie Sierra
Stage managerAlice Wood
ProducerRachael Williams
VerdictEugene O’Hare adeptly spotlights a seedy side of society we’d rather not think about
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