Manus Halligan will be on tour with Lost Lear from October to December 2nd.
Manus received an Irish Times Theatre Award Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role of Liam.
A moving and darkly comic remix of Shakespeare’s play told from the point of view of Joy, a person with dementia, who is living in an old memory of rehearsing ‘King Lear’. Joy’s delicately maintained reality is upended by the arrival of her estranged son who, being cast as Cordelia, must find a way to speak his piece from within the limited role he’s given.
Using puppetry, projection and live video effects, the audience are landed in Joy’s world as layers of her past and present, fiction and reality, overlap and distort.
‘Lost Lear’ is a thought provoking meditation on theatre, artifice and the possibility of communicating across the chasms between us.
Reviews + Awards
Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee:
– “Best New Play”
– “Best Supporting Actor”
– “Best Video Design”
“Devastating stuff, deftly done…Colley is a theatre maker of remarkable imagination and insight”
– The Stage ★★★★★