Intercession: Brighton Court – New Theatre – Review
Intercession: Brighton Court – Written and Directed by Owen Jerome Ryan
27th August – 31st August
We meet three very different individuals who will all eventually meet in Brighton Court. Lydia is a young career woman who is struggling to survive in her job. Most of her clients are being given to one of her co-workers and she is starting to fear the worst! Graymer is a man who lives on the edges of society. He’s been using drugs for a number of years and has little or no contact with his wife and children. Diarmuid has been working as an usher in a local theatre for a number of years. He’s struggling to keep his cool with a variety of ‘old dears’ who are going to a low class hypnotist in his establishment tonight!
In this version of Dublin, Brighton Court is a small lane at the side entrance to a theatre called the New Colosseum that bears a striking similarity to Crampton Court, which is the side lane of the Olympia. All the other place names in Dublin have been left untouched and we hear the actors name check various bars and shops. as they move around the city.
The play takes the form of a series of interwoven monologues, where the three protagonists tell their tale directly to the audience, giving us their innermost thoughts and fears. The characters are all quite unique and there is a touch of irreverence to the script which is refreshing! The stage recreates Brighton Court, with a broken hoarding on one side of the stage and two doors on the other, along with a wheelie bin. It is not high concept but it does the job for this small production.
The piece has echoes of work such as Terminus by Mark O’Rowe but there is more than enough originality here to carry it through. There is much humour to the three monologues and the actors get to grips with their characters, which makes the majority of the play work well. That is until a supernatural element is introduced in the latter stages which doesn’t quite hold together. I would imagine it will split the audience, but it was slightly disappointing after an impressive start. Despite this flaw, the writer/ director Owen Jerome Ryan has done more than enough to mark him out as one to watch.
Lydia – Carla Burke
Diarmuid – Eoin O’Sullivan
Graymer – Ethan Dillon
Winged Creature – Ruth Lehane
STAGE MANAGER / PRODUCER – Miriam Duffy
WRITER / DIRECTOR – Owen Jerome Ryan
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Matt McGowan
SOUND DESIGNER – Owen Jerome Ryan
SET DESIGNER – TJ Lynn