Wake at the Viking Theater, Clontarf: a sketchy portrait of grief and rejection as a mother wakes up

Lily is preparing to wake her mother with her father, and she is afraid of it. In a state of complicated denial about her mother’s death from cancer, she refused to enter the “good room” where the corpse had been installed. Instead, she stuffed into a red bottle, wore a “slut”, fell and ran into someone.

Ork writer and performer Irene Kelleher uses this script to sketch a solo show about Lily’s life: her deceased mother everyone loved, her reclusive father and her amazing team of baker aunts. Her ex Michael – “I was his first love, he was my first slave” – ​​arrives with a new girlfriend, to whom Lily is cruel. Her favorite aunt Jess, who smokes and seduces younger men, is a refreshing individualist. Kelleher, as both an actor and a writer, creates an array of colorful characters. But she wasn’t sure what to do with them; The dramatic purpose is unclear.

Lily is given a bee cup by her mother with the slogan “you are the bee” and the play is perhaps trying to follow this psychosocial idea, but does not carry enough weight in the investigation. Interesting details about the characters emerge: Old man Toothy Teddy has a child with a secret crush. An aunt is upset about her grandchildren. An uncle is forced to discuss his latest box set about serial killers.

But the play doesn’t fully develop its core idea: a young girl’s desire to solve the impotence. Lily is still sketched too lightly. Geoff Gould directs, gaining a lot of fortune through cameos, but he fails to address the structural purpose. Cormac O’Connor’s audio and video design has some lovely touches: the “good room” background image begins to warp and distort; a slight echo as Lily spoke in her mother’s voice bringing the dead back to life. Davy Dummigan’s set design, a series of racks, was a puzzle I couldn’t figure out.

Although engaging and fun, this never really worked out; a rich script that doesn’t deliver on its material promise.

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