|Dawn Bradfield as Molly Sweeney. Courtesy of The Gate.|
The story reaches a climax with the end of Act 1 and then takes an emotional downturn for the second act. Bradfield's performance rises and falls appropriately with the intense emotion she portrays. It was a nice touch to have her barefoot, showing her character's inner vulnerability, while outwardly projecting confidence.
|Peter Hanly as Frank Sweeney. Courtesy of The Gate.|
It's not a crowd-pleasing piece, but taut acting and an engaging story keeps the audience's attention.
Molly Sweeney runs until 23rd July. Tickets are €20 - €35 and can be booked on the Gate's website, and in the usual places.