Donal O'Kelly's Brace - Skeffy

This article is from 2013

Donal O'Kelly's Brace - Skeffy

Political monologue

Meet Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, Donal O’Kelly’s hero in his latest monologue. Presented as the greatest fighter for Irish independence you’ve never heard of, O’Kelly not only plays the character but also those who knew, admired and persecuted him. A radical political thinker ahead of his time, his views and ideas put him at loggerheads with both sides, leading to his eventual execution.

It is no surprise that O’Kelly’s performance is electric. Full of passion, he commands the stage for the entire performance, bouncing between characters and time with ease and paints a compelling portrait. All of which makes the production all the more frustrating because, at 45 minutes, this feels more like a precursor to a much larger story. Scenarios are barely scratched and many interesting characters make quick cameos before completely disappearing without making much impact.

Some moments work well, leaving that those that don’t needing more dramatic weight. All of this makes Skeffy feel more like an unfinished work teeming with potential rather than the fully-polished tour-de-force it could so easily be.

Hill Street Theatre, 226 6522, until Aug 24 , 8.15pm, £11-£12 (£9-£10)

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