- The spellbinding drama of love, loss, and the supernatural by Irish dramatist Conor McPherson. It was first performed in 1997 in a production by London's Royal Court Theatre, which had commissioned the piece on the basis of McPherson's earlier play This Lime Tree Bower (1997). Owing to the closure of the Royal Court for renovation, it was premiered at the Ambassadors Theatre, where Ian Dickson's production ran for two months before transferring to the much larger Duke of York's. By the time the play closed in 2000 it had become the Royal Court's most successful ever production. It also ran successfully on Broadway, in Toronto, and elsewhere, and is already emerging as a staple of the amateur repertoire.
The play is set in a remote country pub in the West of Ireland. One winter's evening,Jack and Jim, two local bachelors, are exchanging banter with Brendan, the barman. After awhile Finbar, the village entrepreneur, comes in with Valerie, a pretty young Dubliner who hasjust taken a house in the area. At this point the men begin to compete for Valerie's attention by taking it in turns to tell long spooky stories. The play then takes an unexpected turn when Valerie tells them about her own, much more shocking, brush with the supernatural - a story that compels the men to examine some of their own deepest attitudes.