In 1978 a small Irish rugby team faced off against the New Zealand All Blacks. Irish playwright/director John Breen recreates this David vs. Goliath match with six actors playing 62 characters. More…
The All Blacks were rightly considered one of the best rugby teams in history. Ireland was in the grip of a terrible recession and war was waging in Northern Ireland, and this scrappy team from Munster’s surprise victory rocked the island.
Part of the 2019 Origin 1st Irish Festival.
"While rugby is central to the plot, it is a play that will appeal to a much broader audience than sports buffs...National identity and team spirit play a big part in this story. This portrayal of the vigorous, suspenseful game also artfully weaves in the personal stories of the players. It a fast paced, wonderfully performed piece of theatre that both engaging and inspiring...The six actors perform a stunning depiction of rough and tumble rugby moves." Full Review
"The play is very simple and hugely complicated...It’s physical theatre, intimate and epic, exaggerated and sparse...Rugby may look like brutal chaos, but each player has many roles to play...There is plenty to feel here. Class, as Irish a preoccupation as British, threads through the script like a centre through a crowded midfield...There is also a lot of sheer bloody life: running, passing, dodging, singing, drinking, swearing, punching, gouging, biting. All the old rugby pleasures." Full Review
"The characters are eminently well-spoken, many of the episodes are incisively written, and the author often has a lovely way with words...You're unlikely to be bored at 'Alone it Stands,' but you may often be a bit baffled...Each actor assumes multiple roles, and many times I wasn't clear who was speaking until a couple of minutes into the scene...Still, the cast is a pleasure." Full Review
"Breen's script, a succession of rapid-fire vignettes divided in half by an unnecessary intermission, tries to compensate for its lack of depth with imagined multitudes. According to a flyer, the production's six actors portray a total of 62 characters. While I feel confident enough in my counting abilities to verify the former, I'll leave the latter to someone whose obsessiveness exceeds my own. That person might also have to be a little generous defining what constitutes a character." Full Review
See it if you enjoy fast paced and totally different plays which require some imagination on your part. You know a bit about Irish rugby (can learn).
Don't see it if you know a absolutely nothing about Rugby; you don't like shows with no scenery or props; you prefer straight drama or musicals.
See it if You are a fan of rugby, and small cast Irish plays. This play is quite upbeat, however it is slow with too many subplots.
Don't see it if You have trouble following different characterizations, dont enjoy accents that go in and out, have little knowledge of Ireland and rugby.
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