JUST five performances of the truly excellent Belltable Community Theatre production of Pigtown remain this week - and audiences would be mad to miss out on seeing Mike Finn’s homage to his native city of Limerick, the first time in ten years it has been performed here.
It is a hard thing to do to knit a largely amateur cast to a fully professional production, but director Paul Brennan, a veteran of work with Druid and the Abbey, has done just that, particularly thanks to the superb performance of John Anthony Murphy, who really gets under the skin of lead character Tommy Clocks.
The character narrates his way through 100 years of Limerick history, Finn’s love song to his city encapsulating stories of old industries, characters and shops, with some fledgling theatre goers heard to mutter that they learned more about the city’s history in an hour in the Belltable than ever before.
Simply put; don’t miss this.
Pigtown runs in the Belltable Arts Centre, nightly until Saturday @ 8pm. Tickets €22/17/12.50. See Belltable.ie.