MEN the world over have long been mystified at the female process of preparing for a night out, a lengthy procedure involving the application of make-up, fake tan and styling hair that can take hours to complete.
A show from fledgling local theatre company Wildebeest, TAN, featuring the writing and acting talents of Ann Blake and Marie Boylan, threatens to unravel the mystery behind that very process.
Directed by Myles Breen, TAN is back after a sell-out run in February which prompted effusive praise for the witty two-hander, a comedic look at two Limerick girls, Aisling and Siobhán, as they gear up for a night on the town.
“It is two girls heading on a night out, and getting ready. We start the show as we are just getting out of the shower and towards the end we are all dolled up to go on a night out,” says Marie, a Coonagh native who founded Wildebeest along with Priscilla Nic Chonmara, Liam Quinn and Meadhbh Haicéid.
“We put on our tan, make-up and do our hair in the middle of it, and it is the banter between them, a complete comedy,” laughs the Trinity drama and theatre studies graduate.
“It is not really about anything if you know what I mean - nothing really happens! They bitch about their friends, they both love the Munster rugby team and that all comes up for discussion. It is an interesting insight into a girl’s preparation process before a night out,” adds Marie.
Boylan and Blake - the latter a member of the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and the Choke Comedy troupe - make great double team in the riotous play, which does deal with adult subjects and yet does not descend into gross out humour. They aim to educate both sexes, the girls say.
“I certainly wouldn’t say it is over the top, it is realistic and it offers an insight into the world of getting ready to go out - we didn’t go too far on it or go ‘Rubberbandits-style’, it is actually two girls who could very realistically be your best friend,” explains Marie, a veteran of Limerick Youth Theatre.
“I think it educates as well. There is no bonding in it as such, rather it is very much about the banter, which is a very Limerick thing. There is a different type of Limerick banter that goes on and anybody that goes out will know the process of getting ready and the banter between girls on a night out. It will appeal to men as well - guys have been stunned by some of the conversations that go on between the girls,” she laughs.
The piece was written over two weeks last September and has been tweaked since the last production in February. The duo aim to take it on tour after the run in the Loft venue this week, and will travel to Listowel, the Galway Fringe Festival and further afield over the summer.
TAN runs in the Loft from Thursday to Sunday - early show Sunday. Bookings on 085-1462364.