Saturday 21 October 2017

Revelations force hasty rewrite of Anglo play

A PLAY on the bank guarantee has been frantically rewritten to portray the Anglo tapes highlighted by the Irish Independent this week.

'Guaranteed' – a play by Irish Independent theatre columnist Colin Murphy – opened on Monday night. The drama is based on documentary sources about the bank guarantee and covers the events of the night of September 29, 2008.

However, the playwright spent most of yesterday trawling through the latest phone conversations between senior Anglo executives – which include high-level staff laughing off concerns at the bailout – in order to add to the play.

"I had a couple of scenes a little like these in the play from details sources told me of the prevailing attitudes in Anglo, the laddishness, the cockiness. But I took them out because I thought they were too fanciful.

"These tapes confirm our prejudices and view of the Anglo story. Anglo is the gift that keeps on giving."

Mr Murphy said he was now working in the details including the addition of a brand new scene as a result of the revelations. And his ensemble of actors with the Fishamble Play Company spent the afternoon rehearsing the new additions before last night's performance. "This run will finish next Tuesday but I see this as piloting a play. There will be more rewrites. It's the play that keeps on writing."

The play will run in Dun Laoghaire, Ballymun, Bray, Waterford and Tallaght over the next week. For further information see www.fishamble.com

Irish Independent

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