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The Weir at The Richmond Theatre

Published by: Douglas McFarlane on 27th Feb 2018 | View all blogs by Douglas McFarlane

The Weir


The Weir is the name of a pub in Dublin which in turn was named after a nearby waterway. The characters in the pub congregrate at a slow pace. It's the countryside after all, where things move a little slowly.  The characters come to life one by one as they tell a variety of different stories each more stranger than the next. 

The stories continues throughout the 90 minute play, without an interval, and as they unfold they gently lull the audience to being part of their intimate environment. 

This is a play that has been performed around the world since 1997 and won an Olivier Award for best new play two years later. So it certainly had potential. However as it's a very quiet play, any audience movement or noise can be heard. Additionally, the female character, Valerie, was supposed to be from Dublin, but in this performance she was played as an English woman.

Having said that the two lead actors who took on most of the dialogue, delivered some great character interpretations and made this play worth seeing.  The audience on a cold wintry night were certainly warmed up after this evening's performance.

The Weir is on at the Richmond Theatre this week, before heading to the Arts Theatre in Cambridge.

Review by Douglas McFarlane



  • Elaine Pinkus
    by Elaine Pinkus 5 months ago
    Saw it at the (then) Cottesloe. Loved it.
  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 months ago
    Thanks for the review, Doug. Great to see coverage from Richmond.
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