(Mary Lelands’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 11/17.)

When its enigmas have been decoded, it seems acceptable to interpret Enda Walsh’s new play as being about architecture: about space and how we fill it, how we price it and how we empty it.

It is a piece of architecture in itself, designed in obvious conjunction with Ireland’s current miasma of debt, eviction and repossession. It is directed by Pat Kiernan of Corcadorca with the ironically varied sound score of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Eat My Noise. The venue is Cork’s Trustee Savings Bank, an institution established 200 years ago to encourage savings and thrift among the poor. It was eventually absorbed and recently discarded by Irish Permanent TSB, and the building presents its limestone facade to the river.


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