The Seafarer by Conor McPherson


photo by Fred Kroh

Nature of event: Drama

Where: forty-five downstairs,  45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 

When: 30th July – 10th August

Times: 8 pm Tuesday – Saturday; 3 pm Sunday

Cost: $38 Full / $33 Concession and Groups 6+ 

Bookings: 03 9662 9966 or

Further Information: Hoy Polloy founder and artistic director, Wayne Pearn, describes The Seafarer as a really intimate observation of male dereliction – it’s about us needing darkness in our lives so we are able to grasp the light.’

The Seafarer is set in Baldoyle a suburb on the coast north of Dublin on Christmas Eve James ‘Sharky’ Harkin is battling alcoholism and has returned to live with his hard drinking older blind brother Richard. As the night rolls on and the storm clouds gather the brothers are joined by an assortment of friends – one of whom brings an unfamiliar guest insisting on a game of poker.

With two demons at play on this night – one of which is ‘the drink’ – the stakes in this card game could not come any higher.

‘Supernatural stories do hold a powerful attraction for us. Why? Do we identify in some way with these characters and, how in certain instances, we roll the dice in our own lives and then have to deal with the consequences good or bad? It is just fabulous storytelling,’ Pearn explains.
Hoy Polloy presents the Victorian premiere of The Seafarer by Conor McPherson. Wayne Pearn is the director and Barry MitchellGeoff HickeyAdam RaffertyDavid Passmore and Michael F Cahill are featured. It is being presented at fortyfivedownstairs from Wednesday, 30 July to Sunday, 10 August 2014.