The Weir, 1998

The Weir, 1998

The Weir was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre upstairs in 1998, but was such a success that it was soon given a run in the West End.

The play is set in a dingy pub in Sligo in the west of Ireland. Brendan Coyle played the barman, (also called Brendan) and Jim Norton is the gentle Jack. The arrival of a young woman from Dublin who has just bought a house in the area, provides an opportunity for the usual selection of regulars, all men, to try and show off. In true Irish fashion this is done through telling stories - ghost stories in this case. However the tales that the men come up with are all topped by the haunting story of the woman herself and her tragedy changes the atmosphere of the evening.