Tipperary’s Sound Out Theatre returns to The Source Arts Centre Thurles March 25th
Sound Out Theatre returns to The Source this spring with Neil Labute’s acclaimed drama, The Shape of Things. Set in an American Midwest college, the play follows boy-next-door student Adam and his evolving relationship with the confident and beautiful Art Major Evelyn, while on the sidelines his best friend’s engagement begins to fall apart. This drama exposes the raw truths of two modern day relationships, questioning how far we go for love, how much we are willing to change and ultimately what price we are prepared to pay.
The play sees Ray Alley step back into his director’s shoes; his work was last seen in the form of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs back in January 2016. ‘It’s a dynamic piece with four very different characters’, says Ray. ‘It’s interesting to see the way they evolve, the interactions they have, and how each of them has been changed by the end of the play. It’s a journey for the audience too, with a very unexpected twist in the tale.’ Clonmel actor Steven Lafford and Shaunna Lee Lynch from Cork star as Adam and Evelyn. Steven has performed with the company twice before, as Pig in Disco Pigsand most recently as Nat in Conor McPherson’s The Birds. This is Shaunna’s debut with Sound Out Theatre. Also working with the company for the first time are Tipperary native Ciaran Laste and Cork-based actress Martyna Lawton in the roles of Philip and Jenny.
The play premiered in London in 2001 and more than 15 years later still feels fresh and relevant. Aside from the ups and downs of relationships an overriding theme of the play is that of body image and body shaming; two ideas which have become all too familiar in recent years. The Shape of Things addresses this in spectacular fashion and really asks the audience to engage its moral compass and decide where a line should be drawn.
This is Sound Out Theatre’s third production. Described as an ambitious company they are delighted to be back at The Source. The Shape of Things performs on March 25th at 8pm. Tickets are €15 or €12 concessions, available from The Source Box Office on 0504 90204, see www.thesourceartscentre.ie