Everyone’s A Winner – Players Theatre – Review by Helen Major
Tuesday June 28th —Sat Jul 2nd
The Players Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Doors @ 7.30pm, show begins promptly @ 8.00pm
Firedoor Theatre – Directed by: Brian Quinn
This is a new play by the writing team in Firedoor Theatre. It starts with a man losing a winning lotto ticket worth 10 million, and as the story moves along it dips into different perspectives as people are asked the question “what would you do if you found it?”.
Before going in I wasn’t sure what to expect from this show. I suspected it would be comedic, and that it would follow a pretty linear timeline of the story, focusing in on the main character’s search for his ticket. What I got however, was actually quite different and pretty creative. The focus didn’t linger on any one character for long, and the perspective jumped about, which allowed the writers to delve into the motivations of individuals and how the prospect of sudden wealth affects different people.
These explorations weren’t particularly thorough, and the motivations were a little 2 dimensional in places, but the broad range of characters were interesting and funny to watch. This was especially true later in the performance when we heard some rather unexpected viewpoints, and even delved into the future! These quirky moments were really the strongest elements of the show, when the creative team challenged the expectations of the audience and even leaned into the clichés and used them to their comedic advantage. These scenes were the funniest and most entertaining to watch in the whole hour.
In terms of the performances, there were some weaker links, though the overall level was reasonable. I did have some difficulty hearing a couple of scenes because one or two of the accents were a bit challenging. I was seated at the back of the seating rig, but in a theatre that small I shouldn’t have had an issue. This could probably be solved by some actors projecting their voices a little bit more, though I think the main issue here was that the set should have been pulled a foot closer to the audience in some scenes. It tended to hug the back wall, and considering this ‘wall’ was made entirely of drape, some of the vocals were lost in the heavy cloth.
The set, in general, was fairly standard. They used three or four boxes which could morph into any furniture or landmark they needed it to be, though there were a handful of other-scene specific items to add detail and distinguish particular locations. It wasn’t the most elegant or innovative of sets, but it was versatile and effective. They could have streamlined some of the layouts to make the scene transitions a little quicker, however, as they were very much on the long side.
Apart from long scene changes, there were a few other choppy elements in the delivery of the production. Tech was a little sloppy in places, running cues a little early or cutting a few of the songs really abruptly, which was jarring. Also pacing could have been quicker in places, with some funny lines landing a beat or two off mark, or some actors being slow to follow with responses.
Overall, however, it was pretty enjoyable to watch. At only 1 hour long and located in the Players Theatre in Trinity College, it’s a good one if you’re looking for an event to go to with some friends, and then grab a drink in the city. It’s happy, light entertainment that you might get a bit of conversation out of afterwards. I would recommend it if you were in the area.