Saturday July 4, 2020

A different take on the Peace Process

Theatre: Monsters, Dinosaurs, Ghosts. By Jimmy McAleavey. Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Abbey Theatre (Peacock stage). Runs until June 27. Rating: ****. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch

14th June, 2015
Lalor Roddy and Steve Blount in Monsters, Dinosaurs, Ghosts. Picture: Ros Kavanagh

Jimmy McAleavey comes from west Belfast and knows how it feels to have guns pointed at your face. This is presumably why his new play about ex-IRA men trying to cope in a post-Troubles society feels so authentic. Monsters, Dinosaurs, Ghosts is a compelling piece of work, undeniably crude in places, but full of provocative ideas and salty northern humour.

The lights go up on Nig (Lalor Roddy), who looks remarkably like a hunger-striker mural...

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