Theatre: Small town battles, and sexual wars

Jim Nolan's work echoes Lennox Robinson

Ciaran McMenamin and Lisa Dwyer Hogg in 'After Miss Julie' at the Project. Photo: Ciaran Bagnall.

Emer O'Kelly

Jim Nolan has an unapologetic affection for small-town life. But it never blinds him to its dangers and its faults. There are distinct echoes of Lennox Robinson in his work: and that is no small compliment. And this is never more clear than in his new play Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye, set in the fictional midland town of Inishannon in the (very) near future.