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In the dark woods

Blue teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, the Blue Teapot Theater Company was finally able to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, at the city’s Black Box Theater last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by society member Charlene Kelly, it was originally due to be presented over two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, backed by playwright Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the artistic director of the company, Petal Pilley, made him proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous play about two young mentally handicapped people from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they come face to face with various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) taught her to be independent and outward-looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who was cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran) , a king who feels his son is not capable of inheriting the throne.

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