Following last month’s production of The Children, Love and Courage season at the Gate continues with a run of David Eldridge’s 2017 play Beginning starring Marty Rea (Citizen Lane) and Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge).
The two leading Irish actors play a couple in those first fragile moments of potential love. Set in the aftermath of a housewarming party, the play takes place in real time as the lonely host and a divorced friend of a friend flirt while bonding over their isolation.
Speaking about his play, Eldridge is quoted as stating: “I wanted to write about the courage it can take now when you get the opportunity to connect with someone in person, rather than on Tinder or Twitter.”
Tender and funny, the Gate say Beginning is the perfect anti-romance for 21st century life, focusing on two single people dealing with the challenges of connecting and sharing. The Guardian called it in a four-star review a “moving reminder that even in the age of social media and internet dating, forging a connection with other people remains as problematic as ever,” while The Telegraph said it features “some of the funniest, most touching, and at times most enthralling-excruciating seduction scenes you’ll ever see on stage.”
Director Marc Atkinson was recently Associate Director on Yaël Farber’s acclaimed production of Hamlet, Selina Cartmell’s Assassins and the 2017 and 2018 productions of The Great Gatsby. This is his debut production as a director on the Gate stage and will run from March 28 to April 20.
Tickets for the show are available at the Gate’s site or by calling 01 874 4045. There will also be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Beginning on Thursday, April 11. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Beginning follows on from a record-breaking nine months at the Gate Theatre, with a number of sold-out performances since June 2018 for The Snapper, Hamlet and The Great Gatsby. Taking place after Eldridge’s play’s will be a new run of classic American drama The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.