‘I Heart Alice Heart I’ – Amy Conroy’s Beautiful First Play

Going to see ‘I  Alice ♥ I’ in the Peacock Theatre this afternoon was a lovely experience. From the moment the two Alices came on stage (Clare Barrett) Alice Slattery and (Amy Conroy) Alice Kinsella they endear you into their story.

Both standing left and right of stage to begin, the 2 women in their mid-sixties begin to give us little insights to the others mannerisms, likes and dislikes sounding a little uncomfortable and embarrassed.

The conversation moves on to a lapsed moment when both women out grocery shopping in Crumlin Shopping centre share a kiss Observed by a theatre maker, who sensitively curiously probes if they would share their life story. So we begin in a deeply moving, sometimes very funny story, but most of all a story of love between two people.

As an audience they draw you into their lives by passing out a photograph of Alice Kinsella and her sister taken in their youth, and later as Alice Slattery makes some coffee a plate of cake is handed out to the audience making you feel like you could be visiting your Aunty house.

Their story could be any couples story filled with lots of mundane things, ups and downs, joys, sadness, love, holiday, illness and death. At one point Alice Slattery describes a complicated love triangle while in her 20’s living in London, while funny we also get a sense of her unease.

Both actors gave a terrific performance, the run has come to the end at The Peacock and is moving onto New York, but I have no doubt it will be back on an Irish stage in the future. It’s a wonderful show if you get an opportunity do go see it.


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