Black comedy to play at Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Annacotty playwright Liam McCarthy, whose black comedy Falling plays at 69 OConnell Street between Thursday and Saturday this week
A BLACK comedy which focuses on lost loves, friendships and the passing-of-time premieres at 69 O’Connell Street this weekend.

A BLACK comedy which focuses on lost loves, friendships and the passing-of-time premieres at 69 O’Connell Street this weekend.

The former Belltable theatre is to play host to Falling, a play by Annacotty writer Liam McCarthy.

The focus of the play is “an unusually beautiful girl” named Alya, who died in strange circumstances back in the summer of 1996.

Ten years later, her friends Matty, Orlaith and Aaron meet for the first time since the accident. Aaron, an aspiring young architect brings his fiancé Clara to the group, a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alya.

It is this which makes the friends realise they never really celebrated their old friend’s life.

So, they decide to conduct a ‘fake wake’ on the rooftop of the house where Matty - now working in Limerick’s bar trade - lives.

Speaking about the play - which was shortlisted for the Best New Play award at Listowel Writers Week - Liam says: “At the beginning of the play, we do not really know why or how [she died], and this trickles down throughout the whole play. It looks at the friends, and what their role was around the death of this young girl.”

Falling started life as a radio play, called Alya. Over the last two years, it has been through a number of redrafts to make it ready for the stage.

The play is directed by Sarah Bradley, of the Bristol Old Vic for Octopus Soup Theatre.

It was also previously presented as a rehearsed reading at the Collaborations festival in Dublin.

Liam - who graduated from Trinity College with a drama degree - already has a number of productions under his belt.

Most recently, his play ‘A Talent for Lying’ was staged at the Camden fringe in London, while he has done a number of other radio productions.

Falling runs between Thursday, September 17 and Saturday, September 19. Tickets cost €16, or €10 for concessions. For more information, please telephone 061-774774, or visit limethreetheatre.ie