Theatre: Someone who'll watch over me
ACCENT productions present the Frank McGuinness play.
“SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME” by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Liz Merrill – With: David Mildon, Jonathan Sawdon, Tim van der Kroon
5 to 16 May 2009 at 20:00
Facultés universitaires Saint Louis – Rue du Marais 107 – 1000 Brussels.
In April 1986, Brian Keenan was abducted on his way to work at the American University of Beirut. The Islamic group Jihad kept him in underground prisons and denied him all contact with the outside world. His jailors, who barely spoke any English, subjected him to constant unpredictable abuse and fettered his wrists and ankles. It was not until he had survived four and a half years of this treatment that he was finally realeased.
Frank McGuinness was inspired by his conversations with Keenan to write Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, a play which is heartrendingly compassionate, tenderly tragic but also uproariously funny. The scenario could so easily have been fodder for a cliché-ridden, crudely manipulative piece: an Irishman, Englishman and American overcome their cross-national tensions to form a close friendship under the appalling strain of captivity. However, McGuinness saves his play from the perils of stereotype with exceptional writing. Skilful yet moving, it seems so simple.
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