Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
This isn’t your average shamrocks and green beer. If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patty’s Day in some special way this year, Dancing Monkey Presents offers a thrilling spin on the conventional festivities. Inspired by the real-life imprisonment of Irish journalist Brian Keenan (who was held hostage in Beirut from 1986 to 1990) Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me tells the story of three men, an Irishman, an Englishman and an American, strangers who find themselves in close captivity in Lebanon, chained to the wall, with no way to communicate with the outside world, no idea why they’re there, or if they’ll ever be released.
“Yes, it’s definitely a condemnation of how awful we can be, to one another, as human beings,” says director Julie McIsaac, “but more importantly – it’s a tremendous celebration of how completely beautiful we can be, how incredibly strong and generous of spirit.” It is this fine balance, this negotiation of hope and despair, that really makes the piece sing. Indeed, don’t let the premise deter you; McGuinness is a masterful writer, and his wit shines through. The play is sure to have audiences moving back and forth between laughter and tears.
Though he has a number of stage, film and television credits to his name, lead actor Ashley O’Connell – who was born on the Emerald Isle – will now, for the first time since his arrival in Canada, play an Irishman on stage. Joining him in the talented cast are Kirk Smith (Arts Club’s The History Boys) and up-and-comer Jay Clift, who recently wowed Vancouver audiences in Hardline Productions’ Bug. Director Julie McIsaac (also of Irish heritage) is a talented performer in her own right, and particularly suited to working on this script, which demands great courage, dexterity and transparency from the actors. A hint about the venue – by taking the production out of the conventional theatre setting and using an alternative space, Dancing Monkey Presents’ aim is to give the audience a sense that they are actually in the room with these guys. A thrilling experience awaits – but be sure to book your tickets early, as seating is limited.
To further convince your friends that this is a fun and fitting way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, lead with this: “did you know that young Patrick himself, at the age of sixteen, was kidnapped from his home in Britain and held captive as a slave in Ireland?” Yup. So come on down for some laughter, some tears. And yes, if you’re wondering – there will be some beers.
SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME
By FRANK McGUINNESS
Featuring ASHLEY O'CONNELL, KIRK SMITH and JAY CLIFT
Directed by JULIE McISAAC
March 12 - 23, 2014
All shows @ 8:00 PM
All tickets $15
Renegade Studios (125 E 2nd Avenue, Vancouver)
For further information on the show and the team, or to purchase tickets, contact Dancing Monkey Presents online.