Written & Performed by Andy Hinds
In this trio of short, linked plays, writer, director and performer Andy Hinds presents the stories of two brothers who have drifted out of each other’s lives, and their eventual reconnection.
Following its acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival – ‘A triumph.’ Scotsman. ★★★★ Moving and seriously impressive..beautifully performed.’..Emer O Kelly Sunday Ind.
Open House Theatre
MORNING, AFTERNOON and EVENING
Three plays, three characters, one story. Written and performed by Andy Hinds.
The two plays, Morning and Afternoon, have been presented, to great critical acclaim, in Dublin, Derry, London and at the Edinburgh Festival.
A third play has now been completed to form the trilogy, Morning, Afternoon and Evening. This performance at the Viking theatre represent the first showing of the trilogy.
Touching on some of the darker aspects of our nation’s history, these ingeniously interlocking plays explore the enduring bonds of childhood, and the human yearning for love and family. They are charged with moments both of visceral emotion, and of poignant tenderness.
Set in Derry, and amongst the Irish diaspora in Europe, the lives of three very different characters unexpectedly, and fatefully, reconnect…The problematic birth of a child may create new possibilities for love, yet this fragile opportunity may just as easily slip through their hands.
‘Moving and seriously impressive… intelligent theatre, beautifully performed.’
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‘Hinds’ performance is never less than perfection and the plays are wonderfully crafted.’
THE ARTS DESK, Edinburgh
★★★★ ‘Impressive and riveting.’
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‘This story of a pair of estranged brothers who have fled from their roots in Northern Ireland makes subtle but striking acting debut for veteran Irish director, Andy Hinds.
His performance is deft and subtle, hinting at undercurrents of suppressed emotion which occasionally break the surface. His writing has the kind of subtlety and vividness that always suggests there is more going on. …In two short pieces, he manages to capture two complex, wounded lives, and the ripples which spread from one family into the wider world. Andy Hinds’ (acting) debut is a triumph.’
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In this pair of short, linked plays, writer, director and performer Andy Hinds presents the stories of two brothers who have drifted out of each other’s lives, and their eventual reconnection. The first of the pair, ‘Morning’, is the painful, searingly honest story of Niall, intelligent, introspective and awkward, while the second, ‘Afternoon’ focuses on the misfortunes of Danny, his wayward older brother. Hinds plays both parts skilfully: the change of wardrobe, hair, and mannerisms render each part absolutely distinct from the other. Taken together, they present a moving story of life, loss and love, at once familiar and brand new. Hinds’ performance is never less than perfection and the monologues are wonderfully crafted. Andrew Leask
Andy Hinds’ Morning and Afternoon is a seriously impressive double bill.
Morning tells the story of a studious man living through the death of his wife and the birth of his longed-for daughter. In Afternoon we meet his older brother Danny who has had a very different life: driven out of their working-class Derry home by the combined forces of a brutish father and unemployment, Danny has roamed Europe for years spiralling downwards into a pattern of street violence and occasional labouring jobs. Waking in a Rotterdam gutter with a pulped face, his epiphany is to acknowledge his longing for home.
As Hinds writes and performs it, Danny’s lonely story becomes Everyman’s journey to a kind of compromise somewhere between limbo and heaven, both of them earthbound. It is touching, and at times, rather beautiful. It also comprises some pretty terrific acting as the author-performer creates and gives personification to two very different, entirely credible lost souls.