Sara Keating: A romantic drama with an edge shines at Bewleys

Aisling O’Mara’s Next Please is an appealing tale of two women scoping out the possibilities of a budding relationship

Hazel Clifford and Aisling O’Mara in Next Please at Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin. Picture: Michael-David McKernan

Next Please

By Aisling O’Mara, directed by Iseult Golden

Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin, until September 10

When theatres were closed down during Covid, Bewley’s Cafe Theatre led the charge for a return to live performance. Their Walkabout Theatre season, which was performed at the Phoenix Park, St Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square, offered audiences socially-distanced entertainment, and artists and actors much-needed work.

The importance of the Walkabout venture to the Irish theatre industry was acknowledged ...