This November, award-winning local author David Butler is turning his hand to directing at the Mermaid Theatre, and has chosen Brian Friel’s wonderful character-piece, Aristocrats (1979), for the occasion.
Since leaving lecturing in 2010 to concentrate on writing full-time, Butler has had a book published every year, covering the genres of poetry (‘Via Crucis’, 2011), the short story (‘No Greater Love’, 2013) and two novels (‘The Judas Kiss’, 2012 and ‘City of Dis’, due 2014). Although his play ‘Twas the Night before Xmas is currently short-listed for a Scottish Community Drama Award, however, he has long considered drama the most challenging genre to write.
“Directing a Brian Friel play is a delight”, he says, “because Friel is such a great craftsman. As a director, you know you can rely on the depth of his characters, and also his marvelous sense of pace, of pathos, and of humour.”
Of course it helps that Butler has been a member of Bray’s Square One Theatre Group for four years and has frequently acted with them. “It means I’ve been able to match the strengths of the group to the play’s demands, for what should make a great night out at the Mermaid.”
Aristocrats runs from the 5th to the 9th of November.