Quietly**** (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, 18 August 2013)

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Theatre

Originating from the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Owen McCafferty’s 70 minute play covers what is now familiar territory – forgiveness and reconciliation after an atrocity. Two middle-aged men (Declan Conlon and Patrick O’Kane) meet in a Belfast bar; they are perpetrator of and bereaved from a bombing in the same bar almost 40 years before. A Polish barman (Robert Zawadzki) looks on. That is about it, all very predictable and saying nothing that is new. However, “Quietly” is quality, the writing and acting being so superb that it becomes impossible not to be drawn in and moved very deeply.

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