Money is in the balance with two brothers

Bench Theatre will be performing The Seafarer at The Spring, Havant from February 21-25. Pictured is David Penrose (Mr Lockhart) and Dan Finch (Sharky).

Bench Theatre will be performing The Seafarer at The Spring, Havant from February 21-25. Pictured is David Penrose (Mr Lockhart) and Dan Finch (Sharky).

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It’s Christmas Eve in a run-down working class area of Dublin, Ireland, and two brothers are on the verge of a fight.

Written by Conor McPherson in 2006, The Seafarer will be performed by Bench Theatre until Saturday at The Spring, Havant.

Speaking about the production, director and last year’s winner of Best Amateur Actress at the Guide Awards, Alice Corrigan says: ‘It’s a bit nerve-racking but it’s going really well.

‘One of the brothers is blind, having fallen in a skip while drunk, and the other has returned home to look after him. They’re both hardened alcoholics, and they are joined by two of their friends and a mysterious stranger to play a game of cards on Christmas Eve.’

Alice chose this fairly new play because she’d seen the original production.

She adds: ‘I’d seen it done a few years ago at the National Theatre and, on going to see the most recent play by Conor McPherson (The Veil) in December, I remembered how good it was.

‘I just thought how amazing it would be to do it, because we’ve got lots of good actors who are the right age. I’m really excited.’

Tickets cost £6 to £8 from The Spring, Havant on (023) 9247 2700 or go to thespring.co.uk.

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