We walk by the statue of Irish writer and poet Patrick Kavanagh a few times a week along the Grand Canal in Dublin. After all this time, we still hadn’t gotten around to reading any of his works so when we heard that Tarry Flynn would be staged at The Lir Theatre, we jumped at the chance to go.
Something of a coming of age story, the play was put on as an innovative musical. The theatre was a huge rectangle lined with a variety of comfy and kitchen chairs with the action turning to all sides. Actors whizzed past on bicycles and bales of hay fell from the rafters. In the end, the play was a bit long at three hours but we enjoyed it and appreciated the chance to get to know Patrick Kavanagh through this purportedly semi-autobiographical work.