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Out of Joint is an international touring company and it was hard to guess where the cast came from. Accents were excellent, particularly that of Luke Griffin's Ruairi, who undergoes a Cork - New York conversion, and David Rintoul's Frank McArdle. I've never heard so much conveyed with "aye" - and he is almost unrecognisable from his 80s role of Mr D'arcy in the BBC's less famous production of Pride & Prejudice.
With its violent themes, bad language and, surprisingly, full nudity, this is not a play to bring the kids to. I was disappointed to hear at least 3 phones ring during the performance, one was even answered, which necessarily caused the actors to pause. For an opening night, the theatre had plenty of empty seats. RTÉ elder lemons were thick on the ground: it's strange to see someone as famous as Gay Byrne up close.
The Big Fellah runs until 7th May and continues on to the Everyman theatre in Cork.