Two men play multiple characters living in the present day Belfast hood. Neither Johnny Meister nor The Stitch have any direction in their lives. Both are living on government welfare and still have the same anger and aggression that their forefathers had during “The Troubles” with nowhere to direct it, except at each other.
Each act is a monologue, describing the same drug fueled night through their particular perspectives. Act 1 presents Johnny’s point of view, Act 2 is The Stitch’s culminating in a car crash and fight between these two thugs. Two actors play multiple characters that fill out the story.
In our production the set and lighting were very simple. A series of Florescent tubes divided the wall and bathed both the actors and the theater in their harsh light.
Sound was used to described specific locations and emotional underscoring. We used various leitmotif for important objects like Johnny’s Knife and locations like the supermarket to give the audience an anchor point for where they physical were and where each character was in his own bender.
I am particularly proud of this show because my work was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in the Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production category in 2011.
Written by Rosemary Jenkinson
Directed by Des Kennedy
Costumes by Lynly Saunders
Lights by Marianne Meadows