Review: This is the Day at Smock Alley Theatre

ThisistheEndThe worst thing about childhood is that it ends before we can appreciate it. If only it came at the end so that we could look forward to it.

A trip to This is the Day, produced by the brand new Play Dough Productions as part of the 10 Days in Dublin Festival with a script by newcomer playwright Cristín Kehoe will tell you all about childhood innocence, but also about the loss of innocence.

The story unfolds in the parish church, making the Boys School in Smock Alley the ideal location. The central character Mary, played convincingly by Rachel Gleeson is notted up her ongoing indecisiveness. Caught between two lovers, Mary will even deny her daughter the enjoyment of her own communion day as her dark secrets begin to rumble.

Whittled down the story centers around a quite simple love triangle, but the script affords the audience a captivating trip through all the nooks and crannies of the story.

A strong and able cast including a pious Manus Halligan and a cheeky Eimear O’Riordan entertain and bring vivid characters to live.

10 Days in Dublin offers heaps of choice for the theatre goer this weekend, but if you’re looking for a bit of dark humour and a captivating love story then you can’t go wrong with This is the Day. Plays final show tomorrow, July 13 at 8.30pm – catch a ticket here.

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