Mark Lambert had a leading role in the recent Four Rivers’ production, Amongst Men. Tina Kellegher shot to fame as Sharon Curley in the Stephen Frears directed movie The Snapper. Isla is directed by Davey Kelleher.
ISLA by Tim Price
Four Rivers Theatre along with our partners Verdant Productions and the Civic Theatre proudly present Isla by Tim Price at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. To set the scene, let us turn to journalist Ciara Murphy and her review of the play in The Irish Times: ‘The play begins with a familiar vista: it is March 2020, and the Covid-19 pandemic has caused Ireland to go into lockdown. As Roger (Mark Lambert) says, sure it will only last three weeks. Amid this global crisis, and concerned for her elderly father, Erin (Tina Kellegher) decides to buy him a virtual assistant for company. This device, named Isla (voiced by Sarah Madigan), helps a reluctant Roger to navigate this changing world and to try to hold back the tide of lockdown loneliness. Although he resists her help at first, Roger comes to rely on Isla, not realising that this will become a life-changing relationship.’
The play opened at the Civic on September 30th, with previews September 28th and 29th and continued Oct 3rd-7th.
The production then moved to Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford on October 12th and 13th.