Writer: Owen McCafferty
Director: Rachel O’Riordan
Reviewer: John Roberts
Owen McCafferty isn’t afraid of writing dialogue that challenges our preconceptions, his fantastic take on the Catholic/Protestant divide in Mojo Mickeybo still has powerful resonance.
Here with his latest production Unfaithful McCafferty looks at the fading relationship between Joan played with down-trodden exhaustion by Cara Kelly and her husband Tom (a strong and touching performance by Benny Young. When did their passion dwindle? To what lengths will the pair go to reignite the flames and will their choices change their situation for the better?
McCafferty has a skill of writing dialogue that cuts to the heart of the matter, his wit is razor sharp and his observations delve much deeper than it first appears, this is a play that lingers with questions long after the bows have been taken – almost like a lingering hangover but without the alcohol.
Rachel O’Riordan directs with an assured confidence, never allowing the performances to become overblown – which is all to easy to do in such a big space but anchored on Gary McCann’s revolving and adaptable set, this is never a real issue – however the time it takes to switch between scenes can drag a little and hamper an otherwise slick production.
Excellent support is given from Amiera Darwish as the delightful student drop out Tara and Owen Whitelaw as male escort Peter.
Another enjoyable and thought-provoking performance from the Traverse – which has yet again put on an eclectic but compelling programme of work at this year’s festival.
Photo: Jeremy Abrahams | Runs until 24th August