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Published on November 10th, 2010 | by Niamh

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Review: Big Ole Piece of Cake

When I was asked if I would like to go see ‘Big Ole Piece of Cake’ I immediately said yes. It sounded exactly like something I would enjoy. The blurb on it told me this much about it:

Dublin lads Colin and Ray are out of work, out of luck, and nearly out of fags.  On a whim, old and lonely ex-teacher Clarence invites the two brothers back to his cottage in Wicklow. Through the course of one electric and increasingly drunken evening, the unlikely trio bond over naggins and history lessons, but will Colin’s destructive streak ruin their chance of finally finding a happy family?

I really enjoyed this last night in the Project Arts Centre – after a couple of failed attempts to see it last week. The set, Clarence’s front room, was worthy of the Abbey. A very cosy front room or as Colin put it “mad cosy”. All three of the actors were wonderful, Mark Lambert, Ian-Lloyd Anderson and Joe Hanley. They had a very realistic and entertaining relationship onstage and the audience felt as though they were part of the banter between the three men, so much so that I could feel the audience tension when things started to turn nasty. From what I could tell the audience were gripped by these likable chancers, Colin and Ray who took a chance with this oul lad Clarence and go to his house mostly to see what they can get out of him. But he starts to grow on them and show them kindness and this is where things start to get complicated.

Big Ole Piece of Cake was written by an award-winning Dublin writer, Sean McLoughlin, whose previous work, Noah and the Tower Flower won two awards and this is his second theatre offering. However he has just finished a short film called ‘White Lady in the Window’ for Samson films and is in the process of writing a screenplay.


Fishamble is a company funded by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council in supporting 140 writers in the development of their work in 2010 alone. Mark O’Rowe, Joseph O’Connor and Marina Carr are among the 35 playwrights debuted by Fishamble. You can find out more about them on their Facebook page or on their website.

I’d definitely recommend seeing Big Ole Piece of Cake on this run, entertaining, witty and moving (as proven by the crying girl sitting next to me!)

Big Ole Piece of Cake is playing at The Cube, Project Arts Centre until 20th November and then will move to Draíocht in Blanchardstown from 23rd to 27th November. Tickets are from €14.00.

Many thanks to Shell at Zoetrope PR for the tickets to see this one 🙂

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