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Repertory Theatre | The Passing and The East Pier

12 Apr 2011 0 Comments

Repertory Theatre at the Abbey

The Passing and The East Pier, both written and directed by leading Irish theatre artist Paul Mercier were playing in repertory on the Abbey Theatre’s main stage and ended on Saturday, 16 April.

Repertory theatre is traditionally defined as a theatre having a permanent resident company of actors presenting work in rotation from a specific repertoire of work. In the case of The Passing and The East Pier, the cast for both plays are different. Two completely distinctive sets designed by Anthony Lamble are constructed, The Passing set in an uninhabited semi-detached house, built in the early 1960’s and The East Pier set in the foyer of a small suburban hotel situated on the seafront. (For a video of the set turnaround of Anthony Lamble’s two sets, watch here.)

One of the benefits of the repertory system is an increased variety of shows while also being a very ambitious undertaking from a production point of view. Repertory theatre has proved very popular in the past and to have two new pieces of work from Paul Mercier being presented in repertory is very special.

Repertory theatre was last seen at the Abbey Theatre in 2001 as part of a Tom Murphy season. The productions were A Whistle in the Dark, The Gigli Concert and a rehearsed reading of Famine on the Abbey stage and The Morning After Optimism, Bailegangaire and The Sanctuary Lamp on the Peacock stage.

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