THE FLEDGLING ‘Magic Roundabout’ Theatre Company are gearing up to present their take on Liam Heylin’s darkly comic tale about a post office heist in the Belltable Arts Centre this week.
The production features well known local actors Myles Breen and James Moloney, and the stage debut of Jason Reddan - or rapper Jay Red, as he is known in local circles.
The exciting play, ‘Love, Peace and Robbery’, a show originally conceived and set in Cork, has been made for a Limerick audience by Magic Roundabout, founded by Darren Maher and Zeb Moore in 2010 with the performance of the one-man show ‘Spinal Krapp’, which was performed locally and far and wide and was very well received. They have not adapted this piece, explains Zeb, as much as “adapted it for location”.
“The reason we’re doing Love Peace and Robbery is because we both just love the story,” he explains. “Our version is a Limerick version because that is where it’s going be on but, really you could set this story anywhere, Dublin, London any place that has people at the bottom.”
The show documents the adventures of two ex-cons, Darren and Gary, who, having just been released from Limerick Prison, set about to “to reconnect with those they’ve wronged in the past”. However, their good intentions are gradually thwarted and they come to the conclusion that some quick and easy money is required.
“It’s a story about the type of people you rarely see on stage and certainly rarely shown in such a sympathetic, but at the same time realistic way,” says Zeb.
“It’s got a lot of truth and a lot of comedy. We think it’s a great show for anyone to see, but an ideal one for people who don’t normally bother with theatre, and we’re expecting a quite a few of them on account of the casting.”
The inclusion of Jay Red is an exciting one, but the local rapper is an established showman, and the Magic Theatre duo of Moore and Maher and convinced he is the right candidate for the lead in ‘Love, Peace and Robbery’.
“We get two things from Jay, we get the ‘grown-up’ professionalism that comes from his extensive experience as an independent artist and we get a heart and authenticity that no other actor I know could give us,” says Darren.
“It’s tremendously courageous for anyone to commit to something like this particularly with so little stage experience, but that’s what Jay has done and the quality of work from all three actors so far has been phenomenal.”