No Way Out (Huis Clos) by Jean-Paul Sartre
at the Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway, 26/27/28 June 2014
Take three of the most comically mismatched characters imaginable, and picture them trapped for eternity in a small, claustrophobic hotel room. A zealous journalist, a priggish socialite and a post office clerk with a hair-trigger temper are the unlucky companions, along with a snooty, po-faced waiter, in Sartre’s famous vision of Hell.
The damned souls are expecting chambers full of whips, spikes and racks, but they soon discover that a Hell filled with the most irritating and infuriating quirks of other people is far, far worse! The three bicker and argue their way through the afterlife as they attempt to find ways to be saved. Their war of personalities jumps wildly between the peaks of tragicomedy and the depths of venom and utter loathing.
Directed by Conor Kennedy-Burke, the production features ThereisBear! players Peter Shine as Garcin, Kori Kilduff as Estelle, Muireann Ní Raghallaigh as Ines, and Martin Kenny as The Waiter, the impassive personification of Hell’s bureaucracy.
No Way Out runs Thursday 26th-Saturday 28th in the Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway. The play starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are €15/€12 and can be purchased online at www.thereisbeartheatre.ie or by phoning (086)3559912.
Richard Brown interviews Darragh O’Brien (Company Manager of ThereisBear! Theatre) about No Way Out, on Flirt FM (16/06/2014)