Believe The Hype- The Ferryman Is Deep and #Dench


Jez is back with a bang. This is one of the best theatre shows, period.

The Ferryman has it all- humour, mystery, good production, strong actors, violence, a goose…and an Irish jig. What more could you ask for? It’s even better than his previous, ‘Jerusalem’. And after 3 hours you’ll still want more! #TheGoodShit

*BTW it finished its brief run at the Court on Saturday but relax your skin- it’ll be back at the Gielgud June-October!

Aite back to the show. It’s set in Northern Ireland in the early 80s about a rural family with links to The Troubles (IRA/ NI conflict involving the British government). It opens with three gangsters intimidating a Priest, keen to make sure the truth about a ‘missing’ man stays hidden…

Sombre opening…


The mood (and set) switches to a blasting Rolling Stones track as we are introduced to the main characters ‘Caitlin’ (Laura Donnelly who stole the show) and ‘Quinn’ (nailed by Paddy Constantine, below). Their drinking shenanigans are interrupted when a little girl comes downstairs to remind them it’s actually 6am…kids!

THE FERRYMAN by Jez Butterworth, Director – Sam Mendes, Designer – Rob Howell, Lighting – Peter Mumford, The Royal Court Theatre, London, 2017, Credit: Johan Persson

This is also a masterclass in working with kids and animals. Every single man, woman, child and…goose were on point. It was a case of the O’Brady Bunch as I counted 6 adults and 8 children living under one roof of organised mayhem. #FamilyAffair

The O’Brady Bunch, Credit: Johan Persson

When Quinn’s wife ‘Mary’ (Genevieve O’Reilly) finally comes downstairs you can almost cut the tension with a knife. The mood changes and you can see that her marriage is in trouble…

Caitlin (left) and Mary, Credit: Johan Persson

Tom Kettle’s bumbling character as the ‘outsider’ is interesting, purely because he’s English. The resentment from some of the characters also refer’s back to The Troubles and perhaps times when the English had the nonsense of ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’…


One of the things I love about the Court is they always give Press the script. #Perks

John Hodginson as Tom Kettle, Credit: Johan Persson

Here’s another sneak peek from the text referring to Tom Kettle’s mysterious arrival to the farm…


My stand-out characters were Liz Donnelly’s ‘Caitlin’, who has been living with ‘Quinn’ since her husband (Seamus) went missing. Quinn is also her husband’s brother and when Seamus’ body is found on the day of their annual harvest/thanksgiving, it really turn’s sh!t upside down. Uncle Pat (Des McAleer) is memorable and entertaining, he adds some humour when it turns dark and his delivery was filled with energy.


Tom Glynn-Carney (above) who plays ‘Shane’ is also one to watch. His confident, punk-wannabe attitude and naivety also reveals the truth (and people) behind the problems. That and the fact that he’s p!ssed.

In fact, they all drink like Pirates and swear like mutha***ers!! #JustSaying


I really don’t want to give too much away. I will say though that the ending is dark and the pace is good! It’s skillful storytelling with a lot of depth. Believe the bloody hype!

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