Review: Flights, Omnibus Theatre

A bold and sometimes brutal look at life in small-town Ireland, Flights is running at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham now

“All the things that I could do… 
All the ways it could turn out.”

It’s either feast or famine when it comes to John O’Donovan’s play titles, from the iconic If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You to Flights, now opened at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre after a tour of Ireland. And it is perhaps indicative of his playfulness and skill with words as evidenced in this lyrical piece set in the depths of rural Ireland.

Barry (Colin Campbell), Cusack (Conor Madden) and Pa (Rhys Dunlop) have gathered to mark the anniversary of their pal Liam’s death, something they’ve done with all their friends every year for the last 17 years. But the numbers have been dwindling and this year, on the year when he’s been dead as long as he was alive, it’s just the three of them and though there’s more booze and drugs to go round, there’s also more introspection. Continue reading “Review: Flights, Omnibus Theatre”

Review: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You, Old Red Lion

“I don’t want to find out it’s fucked when I’ve committed to it not being fucked”

Aside from a corker of a title, John O’Donovan’s If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You also marks a significant moment for the Old Red Lion as the first production to hail from its newly relaunched literary department. Aimed at further supporting both the development and staging of new writing, it has made an intriguing start with this rather delicately, and deceptively, meditative play. 

In a small town in the west of Ireland, Mikey and Casey are hiding out on the roof of the latter’s family home. Hiding because they just raided a petrol station for a pathetic haul and having had a little more luck in relieving Casey’s mother of a wodge of cash and his stepdad of his stash of cocaine, they’ve legged it from the police and now they’re just waiting for them to leave so they can head on to a Halloween party. Continue reading “Review: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You, Old Red Lion”