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A Quiet Place



Blarney Production’s remount of Brendan Gall’s play A Quiet Place isn’t one to miss. Just be ready for some mental gymnastics. The play is a meticulously paced exploration of two men trapped in a five-square-metre room with no doors. It’s peppered with levity but it’s also dominated by pensive moments that linger in the minds of the audience as well as its two characters. Brayden Dowler-Coltman anchors as the ever-present Henry in the barren room, and he’s mysteriously joined by Luc Tellier playing an unwitting—and unwilling—interloper, David. With no escape, no meaningful recollection of their pasts, and no apparent need for food, water or sleep, this drama develops through a sequence of vignettes. During cuts to black, they jump across indeterminate periods of time as the two men are intelligently transposed around the space and through each scene of their own creation. It’s done with such horrifically intellectual consideration that it becomes comedic. Rather than a clichéd and prolonged descent into madness, their journey pushes every presented idea to its limits, as Henry and David’s massive fight against boredom drives their search for meaning. Dowler-Coltman and Tellier’s performance leaves nothing to be desired during the highs of playground games like ‘Red Light, Green Light’ or ‘I Spy,’ and the lows of their exasperated search for escape. The seeming eternity they live through on stage makes for a one-act performance that is essential viewing. Reviewed by Kevin Pennyfeather.


Gig City


Total Score
4.5/ 5

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21 total ratings



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    My favourite show I saw this year. I loved it, but couldn’t really say why. The performers and direction are spot on, and their use of the small space and minimal stage elements was excellent. Go spend some time with these guys, you won’t be disappointed.

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