Blister – Dublin Fringe Festival – Review
by Gearoid O’Byrne
Other Performances: 23 September, 13,00, 24 September, 15:30 – €15/€13
Venue: The New Theatre
This new play is a fast-paced two-hander telling the story of Linda and Patrick, a young couple struggling to negotiate their way through a somewhat fractious relationship until they hit a hitherto unimaginable point. It’s probably safe to say they both have their issues but a lot of buttons are pushed in a short space of time as they struggle to cope with what life throws at them.
The play is written by Siofra O’Meara, who also plays the character of Linda. Síofra is a Dublin-based actor and writer. She has most recently been seen in Wishful Thinking (Dublin Fringe) and Efficacy 84 (Dublin Fringe, where she was Nominated for Best Performance), along with It Folds (The Abbey Theatre, ED Fringe).
Her counterpart Patrick is played by Edward Murphy. He has worked extensively with Devious Theatre over the years making his Abbey stage debut in “The Fall of the Second Republic” for the Corn Exchange theatre company.
The set is simple and effective and the lighting deftly picks out the respective characters as they negotiate their way through their problems. One cannot but have sympathy for the two characters as they struggle with the issues arising. Family, friendship, mental and sexual health issues all occur over the course of the show, and though we wish them well, it seems at the abrupt ending that it has all been too much for each of them to bear in their short lives. The parts are well played and the characters are believable, making it easy for the audience to identify with the various issues depicted on stage.
Director: Simon Geaney
Writer: Síofra O Meara
Costume Designer: Mae Leahy
Set Designer: Jess Fitzsimons Kane
Sound Designer: Eric Fitzgerald
Lighting Designer: Shane Gill
Graphic Designer: Jack McKeon
Dramaturgy support: Gavin Kostick
Producer: Sarah Wiley
Assistant Producer: Muirenn Lyons
Cast: Síofra O Meara and Ed Murphy
Image: Donal Talbot