Be a fly on the wall for I Do at the Savoy Hotel

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Dante or Die's production of I Do comes to Limerick following a sell out run in London. It runs this Saturday and Sunday in the Savoy Hotel at 5pm & 8.30pm
THE Lime Tree Theatre and the popular Theatre at the Savoy series have teamed up to bring the acclaimed play I Do to Limerick this weekend.

THE Lime Tree Theatre and the popular Theatre at the Savoy series have teamed up to bring the acclaimed play I Do to Limerick this weekend.

The site specific theatre piece - a Dante or Die production - offers its audience a glimpse into the mayhem of a family wedding, just minutes before a couple tie the knot.

In this intriguing piece, which comes to Limerick after a sell out run in London, the action moves from room to room, six in total in the five star city hotel, acting out the same ten minutes in a different order.

Effectively acting as a fly on the wall, the audience must piece the jigsaw puzzle together in the unique show, which was created by Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, who hails from Parteen, with words by Chloe Moss.

Terry, who studied theatre in London after leaving St Nessan’s, says the action in I Do - in which he plays the role of the best man - is co-artistic director of Dante or Die and is very much looking forward to bringing his first production to Limerick.

“I am so looking forward to it, it is really exciting. It will be my first time performing in Limerick since I was 18,” he says.

“I directed a show for Limerick Youth Theatre a few years ago, but to bring my own company back to Limerick is really exciting, magic.”

The show, by its nature, changes from place to place depending on the location it is set in, and the mood of the audience that witness the chaotic pre-wedding scenes, featuring lunatic bridesmaids, nervous grooms, a last-minute best man and a looming, all-powerful mother of the bride.

“Everyone sees the show in a different order, but you only know what has happened once you see everything. You piece it together,” explains Terry.

“The people who come into one room, you see them in another room ten minutes later, and you don’t know who they are, but you find out as you go and see the rest of their story.

“It is quite fun piecing it together and realising what is happening. It is great for an audience - everything is cued off the actors, there is nobody telling them when to go on stage. We play with different atmospheres in the different rooms and they tell a story about the characters.

“It is so much fun to perform, because it can be totally different every time depending on where the audience stands and depending on where you are, it is a slightly different story from place to place.”

I Do takes place in the Savoy this Saturday and Sunday at 5pm and 8.30pm. Bookings at www.limetreetheatre.ie.