Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Ecstasy by No Drama Theatre

The latest production from No Drama Theatre, Ecstasy, started yesterday and runs until 21st May in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square. The play is based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name. The novel actually consists of three separate novellas, and the No Drama play is an adaptation of the third of these, The Undefeated.

Set in Scotland in the 1990s, Ecstasy tells the story of 30-something-year-old clubber Lloyd who lives only for his drug and dance filled weekends. As you'd expect from Welsh, the story mixes grimness with humour, with a nice dollop of Scottishness thrown in.

This is a well-written play and I'm pleased that No Drama stuck with the original setting. As a result they've had to use their finest Scottish accents, with varying results. The lead actor, Patrick O'Callaghan, doesn't quite get it right - at times it's good, at other times it reminded me of Sean Connery as a Russian submarine commander in The Hunt for Red October. Most of the rest of the cast do a pretty good job of it, especially female lead Tracey Diamond (playing Heather).

Although No Drama is an amateur theatre group the standard of acting is good and overall this is a very impressive and enjoyable play. The pace is also good: there are no lulls and the momentum builds as the play progresses. The second act is particularly entertaining. Well worth seeing.

Doors open at 7:30 on each evening and the play starts at 8:00 pm, running for about two hours (not including the interval). Tickets cost €15 plus a booking fee. This play uses strobe lighting.

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