The Cowboys by Peter Trant
Tickets €15/€12.Box office contact 047 39777. The Cowboys by Peter Trant. A Darkly Comic Tale Set in Ireland’s Border Country.
Back by popular demand after a very successful premiere in March, The Garage Theatre stage becomes a meat factory loading bay in a town somewhere along the border for Peter Trant’s highly entertaining play.
It’s a complex, darkly humorous tale of love, betrayal and revenge. After many years away, the protagonist, Bobby Courtney, returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral. Old animosities between him and his nemesis, Johnny Murtagh, the Meat Factory Manager, bubble ominously to the surface. Two Meat Factory Workers, Sonny and Phil, observe it all.
Behind their banter, oblique clues hint at horrors past and to come. A sense of menace permeates the action right from the beginning and tension builds inexorably as the plot moves to its shocking climax.
As writer, Trant has created a cast of vividly drawn characters. Those in the pivotal roles of Bobby (Seamie Óg McKenna) and Johnny (Paul McElroy), and especially, Silk Cut Sonny and Big Phil were excellent. These last two are superb creations and, as inhabited by Pat Deery as Sonny and Dennis O’Hagan as Phil, they were totally convincing. Pat Deery‘s gripping performance was a stand-out.’