Dolly & Mick – Viking Theatre – Review
By Frank L.
Dolly & Mick – written by Seamus Moran
The set leaves you with no doubt that the play is going to be set against a backdrop of a musical performance. There is a keyboard suitably disguised with a velveteen drape and there are two banners of glittery gold strips of tinsel hanging from the back. In front of them are a couple of chairs.
The play begins with Dolly (Sinead Murphy) and Mick (Seamus Moran) on stage, dressed in country and western attire, at the end of their set as the lead support act in some rural venue. They are driving back from the gig somewhere in Ireland and like many couples they are a bit tetchy with each other. Dolly is from Arkansas, twice divorced and is a singer. Mick is a widower, who following the death of his wife, found that his life had little point until he met Dolly. She persuaded him onto the stage. As they drive back home they discuss their pasts, how they met and how their singing act together has given them a way of life. But there are definite rifts in the relationship which are beginning to show. These rifts are exacerbated by a major change of circumstance with which they have to deal.
Throughout the play, Dolly accompanies herself on the keyboard with Mick playing the guitar. The repertoire is primarily from the world of country and western and includes a fine rendition of Billie Jo Spears’ “Blanket on the ground”. During its performance along with several other songs, some members of the audience move rhythmically and contentedly in time with the music. Murphy and Moran successfully created an ambience which complemented “the country and western” theme that they were describing.
It is a play which describes two individuals in mid-life, whose marriages are no more for very different reasons. They both need new experiences and have not given up on life. The challenges that each face are very different, they are the challenges of middle age and are rarely seen on stage. The “country and western” genre is a suitable musical accompaniment to the pangs which each encounters. This is an opportunity to see and experience a glimpse of romance and its challenges between the newly mature.
Duration: approx 90 minutes with a 15 minute interval
Cast and Crew –
Starring Seamus Moran & Sinead Murphy
Written by Seamus Moran
Directed by Patrick Joseph Byrnes