Tuesday 24 April 2018

Gritty 'Glengarry' drama comes to Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy man Jamie T. Murphy has taken on the job of directing 'Glengarry Glen Ross' for the Enniscorthy Drama Group, thus achieving a long held ambition.

David Mamet's invention about a group of under-pressure salesmen will be taking over the Presentation Centre in Nunnery Road for three nights from Thursday August 28. Murphy expects that many of the audience will be familiar with the film of the play.

Jamie Murphy and 'Glengarry Glen Ross' go a long way back, to his time as a student in Aberystwyth University during 2007. He was introduced to the work in a scriptwriting class and was immediately hooked, rushing down to the video shop to hire the film.

'This has been seven years in the making,' he says of his directorial debut, recalling how he and fellow Enniscorthy student John Carberry sat enthralled in Wales watching the piece over and over. 'It's a kind of a passion project.'

The gritty American drama that is 'Glengarry' is certainly not for the faint hearted in terms of the language used. The posters for the show make it clear that it under 16s will not be admitted, saving youthful ears from a barrage of the F-word. Jamie is convinced that the profanities have a certain poetry in the context.

'The language is choice,' he muses. 'Every second word is a swear word – but it is not there to shock.' The expletives reflect an all male, testosterone filled world, made all the more claustrophobic in this production by the confines of the Presentation centre venue.

The cast has been in full rehearsal for the play, switching recently from Holohan's in Slaney Place to the Presentation. The line up is Nic Furlong, Stephen Rooney, Michael Conway, Rónán P Byrne, Fintan Kelly, George Percival and Phillip Davis.

They say goodbye to Holohan's with a party at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, with novelist and journalist Peter Murphy as the guest speaker – open to all theatre fans.

In his guise as stage manager with the local musical society, Jamie Murphy is used to working with the comparatively wide open spaces of the Coláiste Bríde sports hall. The former nuns' chapel on the other side of town could not be more of a contrast.

'It is not the most practical place in the world,' the director confides but he has Myles Mulally primed to make the most the stage, in alliance with set dresser Áine O'Connor, to turn the restrictions into a virtue: 'It works out well for this show,' he insists.

Enniscorthy Guardian