Friday 28 November 2014

Abbey all set to become theatre's Heartbreak House

Published 20/08/2014 | 00:00

Lisa Dwyer Hogg as Ellie Dunn
Lisa Dwyer Hogg as Ellie Dunn
Nick Dunning as Hector Hushabye and Aislin McGuckin as Lady Ariadne Utterword in Heartbreak House. Picture: Photocall

Rising ingénue and star of BBC thriller series 'The Fall' Lisa Dwyer Hogg will take to the Abbey stage this evening for the premiere of George Bernard Shaw's 1919 play 'Heartbreak House'.

Dwyer Hogg plays the part of Ellie Dunn in the period drama which sees her move far away from her character Marion Kay in the BBC's acclaimed TV series.

"It is a million miles away from 'The Fall' but being on stage is always a joy," Dwyer Hogg told the Irish Independent.

"It's nice to throw on a fancy frock and be in a big theatre show.

"Especially when there is so much romance and drama on stage."

She shares the stage with highly regarded thespians Barbara Brennan, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Aislin McGuckian and Don Wycherley of 'Bachelor's Walk' fame.

Set on the eve of World War One, the dark comedy is filled with complicated plotlines and clandestine love affairs.

"The play is big, bright and colourful," director Roisin McBrinn said.

"Shaw has a reputation for being a bit dry but this is not a debate piece, it has elements of the farcical and fantastical.

"There is a Noel Coward or Oscar Wilde feel to it. It is full of madcap and bohemian characters."

But McBrinn was keen to stress some of the more serious issues the play addresses.

"It explores the way in which the British gentry accidentally stumbled into the Great War and the impact it had on society at that time." 'Heartbreak House' runs until Sept 13.

Irish Independent

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