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Published on April 10th, 2011 | by Niamh


Racoon, Matchbox Theatre

A mysterious man. A chance encounter. And a shocking secret that leads to the most important choice of her life.

This was all I knew about Racoon when I went to see it on Friday evening after work. In the cosy Matchbox Theatre with a small audience, this one woman show made good use of the whole venue roaming around the room from one corner to another, from chair to table and back again. Cate MacGabhann plays Saoirse, a young waitress. She started by telling us about a particular customer who came to her café one day, an older gentleman who cannot take his eyes off her. Saoirse is a little affronted at this and her workmate Rita has noticed too. This begins a strange tale of Saoirse and Seamus. Who is he? What does he want from her? Does he want anything? Why is there someone asking questions about her in the village? All of these questions are posed and mostly answered during this hour-long play. Through a rich and varied number of stories about her past, her imagined past and her future, Saoirse draws us into her world and the turmoil that Seamus and a secret have brought about.

Cate MacGabhann is wonderful as Saoirse, vibrant and passionate and funny. If you can, pop down one evening to check it out.

Racoon runs nightly at 6.30pm in The Matchbox Theatre underneath Café Des Irlandais until 17th April. €10 per ticket including a drink.

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