#RelationshipGoalz – Smock Alley – Review
Mon 23 – Sat 28 Apr | 8pm | Boys’ School
Ciara and Ciaran are a young couple and seem happy together. They have known each other for years and were teenage sweethearts. They laugh at others who feel the need to fill their social media accounts with constant reminders of how happy they are together. Ciaran has gone to college but is struggling with his exams. Ciara has her own problems holding down a job. On the face of it they have a good relationship, but under the surface, the cracks are starting to show as their lives slowly grow apart.
This is a new work by Squad Productions that delves into the world of two typical millennials in Dublin. The production is a two-hander and it focuses on the intimate moments of the young couple. We get to see their typical nights out and what they get up to when they’re alone together. The set includes a double bed at the centre of the stage and also a table and chairs at one side. It gives us an impression of the various bedrooms and pubs where the play is set. The actors also have moments where they talk directly to the audience, telling us what is really going on in their heads.
The play is written by Lorna Costello, who also plays Ciara. She is a bright and friendly young woman, but more troubled than she lets on. Ciaran (played by Adam O’Brien) is more focused on his next night out than his academic career. Despite all the distractions in their lives, they seem to genuinely care about each other. While the story has many funny lines and some good ideas, it could have done with a stronger story arc. It does achieve its goal of giving an insight into the lives of the young couple and the characters are well developed. There is much promise in the writing and Squad Productions are another young company that are worth watching.
Written by Lorna Costello
Directed by Emma Jane Purcell
Cast – Lorna Costello and Adam O’Brien
Suitable for audiences aged 16+