Live theater can be one of the most incredible experiences. It can also be meh or just not that good. The Ferryman written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes is exceptional. I would put it in the category of one of the top plays I have ever seen on Broadway. The dialogue is incredible, the actors are all excellent, the story has many characters of a multi-generational family who are all memorable in their own way. The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981 when Thatcher was in office and the IRA was making its power known. I happened to be living in London at that time and remember it well.
The show takes your breath away. If you are going to buy just one ticket this year, get the Ferryman. The play runs for 3 hours and 15 minutes but don’t let that throw you. I prefer the 90-minute play with no intermissions myself but The Ferryman is so riveting that time just flies. Trust me, go see this.
Northern Ireland has never been more at the centre of debate in the UK than now. A very few DUP MPs in Westminster prop up a very fragile Conservative government. A hard Brexit or a soft Brexit.? A hard border or a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic? A united Ireland? An independent Scotland? England for the English? London as a sovereign city? What a mess it is.
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