Bruce Arnold

Critic of Public Affairs, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

Review: Tales of Ballycumber, Abbey Theatre

Sebastian Barry's new play is a lyrical work of great and compelling beauty.

It concerns a friendship between two men. The older, Nicholas Farquhar, played by Stephen Rea in a measured and authoritative way, has a subtle but overwhelming impact on the younger man, Evans, played with guileless directness by Aaron Monaghan. He has come to help get jackdaws out of a chimney. Read More...