The stories we tell ourselves and each other are often the clay that moulds the shape and direction of our lives.
In Conor McPherson's play The Weir he beautifully explores how our perception of events and our recollection of key moments can create our present reality.
The production by Decadent Theatre Company was superb - a realistic and carefully crafted set, strong acting and flawless direction which ensured that the audience were enthralled from start to finish.
The play is 90-minutes with no interval but the time passes effortlessly as you are transported into the familiar setting for many of the rural Irish pub.
It is the place where dreams are often spoken about but rarely if ever realised and lonely and unfulfilled souls gather in a desperate and often pathetic attempt to feel a real connection and sense of place.
McPherson's storytelling is exceptional and the audience is immersed as the characters recount their ghostly and tragic tales.
Masterfully there is much humour injected in the script and the darkness for the most part is, surprisingly palatable. McPherson forces us to examine the stark realities of mortality and what lies beyond in just the right measure. Poignantly he highlights the wasted opportunities of some of the main characters who pride themselves on their 'independence' while spending their evenings alone on a bar stool with only each other, alcohol and a reportoire of well-versed stories of old for company.
The Weir opened last night in the Watergate Theatre to an almost full house. It is currently on a nationwide tour and is well worth seizing the opportunity to see the work of one of Ireland's greatest contemporary writers performed by a wonderful cast of very talented, homegrown actors
For more information and tour dates see www.decadenttheatrecompany.ie