Limerick actor seeks refund after noise ruins play

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

Leading Limerick actor Liam O’Brien is seeking a refund from the Belltable Arts Centre after he bought a ticket to see a play which was spoiled by noise from machinery outside.

Leading Limerick actor Liam O’Brien is seeking a refund from the Belltable Arts Centre after he bought a ticket to see a play which was spoiled by noise from machinery outside.

Leading Limerick actor Liam O’Brien is seeking a refund from the Belltable Arts Centre after he bought a ticket to see a play which was spoiled by noise from machinery outside.

Members of the audience attending Love, Peace and Robbery at the newly renovated theatre were surprised to hear the loud sound of an angle grinder and a revving engine shortly after the actors took to the stage.

The noise was coming from a garage located in the laneway off Mallow Street behind the Belltable stage. Garage owner Mick Daly, who was accused of disrupting the gala opening of the theatre last November by operating his equipment at show time, says he has been working at his business premises for the past 40 years. He has been in dispute with the Belltable since renovations began at the theatre and has alleged that his business was adversely affected by the work. He claimed renovations failed to comply with conditions of planning attached by An Bord Pleanala. This was denied by the Belltable’s management.

“I’m not doing anything that I haven’t been doing over the past 40 years. It’s not a funeral parlour I’m running,” he said.

Mr O’Brien, who was in the audience to support friends during the opening night of the production by the Magic Roundabout Theatre Company, said his enjoyment of the show was spoiled by the sound of a car being revved up, banging metal and an angle grinder being used.

He said the noise is even louder for the actors on stage who are trying to remember their lines and deliver a good performance, which he said they succeeded in doing despite the distraction.

It wasn’t Mr O’Brien’s first experience of the external noise at the Belltable. “This matter has been ongoing since November 2010, and I have personally had seven shows ruined by this issue.