This month we will be reading two short plays.
By Conor McPherson
The play opens in a rural Irish pub with Brendan, the publican and Jack, a car mechanic and garage owner. These two begin to discuss their respective days and are soon joined by Jim. The three then discuss Valerie, a pretty young woman from Dublin who has just rented an old house in the area.
Finbar, a businessman, arrives with Valerie, and the play revolves around reminiscences and banter. After a few drinks, the group begin telling stories with a supernatural slant, related to their own experience or those of others in the area, and which arise out of the popular preoccupations of Irish folklore: ghosts, fairies and mysterious happenings.
After each man (except Brendan) has told a story, Valerie tells her own: the reason why she has left Dublin, with a ghostly twist which echoes the earlier tales, and shocks the men.
- Jack, a mechanic and garage owner in his fifties.
- Brendan, the owner of the pub in which the play is set. He is in his thirties.
- Jim, Jack's assistant, in his forties.
- Finbar Mack, a local businessman in his late forties.
- Valerie, a Dublin woman in her thirties.