Bottom Dog rack up latest play in the Victoria Snooker Club

Director of What Happened Bridgie Cleary John Murphy with author Donal Ryan, who launched the play, at the unveiling of the new Bottom Dog production in Number One Pery Square recently. Picture: Ian Collins
LIMERICK’S Bottom Dog Theatre Company have taken over a room in the Victoria Snooker club for their latest site-specific production.

LIMERICK’S Bottom Dog Theatre Company have taken over a room in the Victoria Snooker club for their latest site-specific production.

The play, What Happened Bridgie Cleary, running as part of the Limerick Arts Encounter programme that has dispersed money intended for the Belltable directly to theatre groups in the city, opens this Thursday for a run until October 19.

The true story-turned play by well-known playwright and poet Tom MacIntyre, tells the tale of Bridget Cleary who was burnt to death by her husband in March 1895.

Her husband claimed she was a fairy, replaced by a changeling and director John Murphy, a founder of Island Theatre Company, said the piece is “a lyrical exploration of love, loss, hatred, guilt and desire”.

The three hander features a strong cast of Joanne Ryan, Pius McGrath and Bottom Dog co-founder Myles Breen, and the director said the innovative venue would add to the “mystery” of the play.

“It will help the world of the play, the mystery of the play will be helped by the mystery of the venue, people will step into it,” he said.

What Happened Bridgie Cleary runs from October 10-19. Tickets are available on 061–774 774. See the Limerick Arts Encounter for more details.