Smother review: Dervla Kirwan whispers her way through a mess

Smother, RTÉ One **

Dervla Kirwan gives a decidedly odd performance in season two of Smother, which is more soap than psychological thriller

Pat Stacey

Anton Chekhov’s famous advice to young playwrights – dubbed “Chekhov’s gun” – was that if you’re going to show a gun on stage in act one, you’d better make damn sure the thing gets fired in act two or three.