Moving, funny yarn needs to be more tightly woven

James Riordan in Selvage.
James Riordan in Selvage.


Creativity is one of the necessary ingredients for creating a great piece of theatre. Ruthlessness is another, especially when it comes to editing new work. That’s something that younger Galway companies need to address, because a lack of editing is preventing good work from being better.

The latest piece that could be wonderful is Brú Theatre’s Selvage, written and performed by James Riordan, with live, original music by Anna Mullarkey, and directed by Lara Campbell.

There are moments of real beauty in this story about a lost young boy, Joe, which premiered in Druid Theatre at the weekend and plays Clifden this Thursday night, March 14.

But so much has been packed into the short, humorous and often poignant piece that it’s difficult to remain focused on the main narrative – Jo’s quest for meaning and stability after his life is turned upside down.

The actor is on stage as the audience enter the intimate space, seated on a swing of a simple, effective set that establishes the tone. He moves energetically and gracefully and sets up an overhead projector, using gorgeously clever illustrations to explain the background to Jo’s story.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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