Monday 22 July 2019

Arts Centre return for Maynard Perdu

Maria Pepper

Playwright Billy Roche's 'Diary of Maynard Perdu' is returning to Wexford Arts Centre for three nights from Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6 before heading to the Mill Theatre in Dundrum, Dublin in September.

The one-man show starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley, premiered in the Arts Centre last summer and went on to enjoy a week-long run in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin last September.

Based on a novella by the Wexford playwright, and set in the burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme, the 'Diary of Maynard Perdu' takes the audience on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue in a comic/tragic tour-de-force that has traces of Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Nietzsche. In the words of Oscar Wilde, 'Give a man a mask and he'll tell you the truth'.

Wearing the mask of Maynard Perdu, the lead character becomes a dandy, cad, poet, lover, dream weaver, showman, chameleon and a ring master extraordinaire - all of it serving to conceal the lost and lonely soul inside.

Behindthe gaiety lurks the heartbreaking tale of an unfortunate creature searching for the precious gift of love and family and the home he faintly recalls.

The 'Diary of Maynard Perdu' will be presented at St Michael's Theatre in New Ross on October 13 next, as part of the Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre.

Enniscorthy Guardian