This is the first PPP show written and performed in Gaelic, and English subtitles are on hand to help those unfamiliar with the language - or at least they are supposed to be. Unfortunately, they are not the help they should be here. Director Muireann Kelly's decision to do away with standard subtitles boxes and opt instead for having the translated dialogue projected on to a screen on the back wall may have been intended to inject a touch of style into proceedings. But it is a grave, and debilitating error that kills the substance. The audience's ability to read exchanges (and then mostly only in part) is entirely dependent on where the actors are on stage at any given time.
The end result is a disastrous, disengaging visual approximation of Norman Collier's faulty microphone stand-up routine that should have been ditched before the show opened.
Which is a pity, as the production - this technical faux pas and a far too abrupt ending aside - has a look, and feel, of real quality about it. As tensions rise, identities are scrutinised, and dubious power-play motives come to the fore. It also features two solid performances from Donna Nic Leoid and Dol Eoin Mackinnon.
But ultimately, while native speakers may enjoy the production, for non-Gaelic speakers the end result is a disappointing Half A Play, A Pie And A Pint.
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