Drama comes to the Ballinrobe

Truman Town Theatre bring their new play, Velvet Revolution to the Valkenburg Hotel from Wednesday March 28 for five nights, ending on Sunday April 1. Tickets are €10 and can be booked by calling into the Valkenburg directly or calling 087 9422942. Doors open at 8.30pm. There is limited availability so early booking advisable.

Velvet Revolution is an exciting new play from Truman Town Theatre. In typical fashion, the drama is dialogue based with lots of wit, sarcasm, and black humour. Fyodor and Shelly are a young couple living in an undisclosed town in rural Ireland. Shelly is the beautiful seductive blonde who torments the insecure Fyodor with her adulterous antics and behaviour. She constantly alludes to the men she met at the bar, her past lovers, and the lack of excitement in her marriage by comparison. Fyodor plays the struggling writer, a victim to naive romance and artistic values, he uses gambling to escape what he believes are the torments of his tortured soul.

We enter the play at a point where Fyodor has lost an incredible amount of money and is now in the dangerous debt of loan shark Kevin. Shelly has just returned home to announce that she met the same Kevin by chance and took the opportunity to invite him over for dinner. Fyodor is in turmoil over this, sure that it is a plot to kill him. The drama escalates as the time of Kevin's arrival draws closer. Fyodor is sure that there is more to Shelly's story but if so, she is doing anything but admit it. Instead she drinks large brandies, smokes a lot, and berates him for his lack of talent, both as a writer and a gambler. It is at times dark, others hilarious, and often touching. From writer Mick Donnellan, who brought you sell-out shows such as Sunday Morning Coming Down, Shortcut to Hallelujah and Gun Metal Grey.


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