Thursday, October 18, 2007

Alone It Stands

Went to see Alone It Stands last night in the Olympia with the Ours, Daisy and the Blonde, it was hilarious - half way through the second act my eyes were streaming tears from laughing so hard. I can imagine that the subject matter might put people off - and it is a passionate love letter to rugby - but it is so well written and so cleverly done that it would appeal to even the most jaded grass widow(ers).

The play deals with several stories that revolve around the historic 1978 match between Munster and the All Blacks. Six actors play sixty-two roles. The players switch between roles and situations with impressive ease; the choreography is very ambitious but the cast make it look easy. The audience is quickly swept up in the anticipation, excitement and elation that comes with every great match, and the writer is obviously a huge rugby fan - the description of each scrum, kick and tackle is so joyful and poetic, you can't help to get goosebumps.

Unfortunately its short run in Dublin finished tonight, but if it's in your next of the woods soon I'd recommend you go and see it, we were all on a high afterwards!

3 comments:

Beccy said...

A friend of mine saw this and thought it was brilliant too.

hellojed said...

Ah yeah it's the best!

Jen said...

Sounds great. Mr B is a rugby fiend, so I'll look out for it next time round. Not sure who he's supporting for the World Cup final this weekend though...