‘Taboo’ set for Fermoy showcase

There was a boy and a girl and somehow, they met. Lily doesn’t get out much. Tom finds it hard to meet new people. And now they’re having their first date. Lily cooks a three-course meal. Tom brings flowers and wine. On the surface, everything seems fine.

But in the modern world, dating is a surprisingly complex thing with a lot of unwritten rules. There are certain things you shouldn’t do on a first date. And then there are certain things you shouldn’t do at all!

Following a successful run at The Cork Arts Theatre, ‘Taboo’ – a dark comedy by award winning writer, John Morton – will run at the Palace Theatre in Fermoy in early December, staged by Red ‘n Blue Theatre Company. Directed by Shane Dempsey and featuring Dylan Kennedy and Jenny Fennessy, the recommended age for audience is 14+

Taboo is a dark comedy that allows us to better get acquainted with the skeletons in our cupboards. The play unfolds in real time over a three-course meal. It is a romantic comedy about two people who meet and go on a date, but in an attempt to present the best versions of themselves, the date starts to go horribly wrong.  By the time they get to the third course, there is nothing left but to reveal their most authentic selves.

In a society where more and more of our interactions take place online (including dating), Taboo looks at two people trying to connect in the real word. The play is about the difficulty in expressing your true self, social exclusion, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Following sold out runs of ‘Lovesong’ and ‘The Flags’, Red ‘n Blue Theatre Company – founded by husband and wife Dylan Kennedy and Jenny Fennessy – will now bring ‘Taboo’ to Fermoy’s Palace Theatre on Thursday, December 7th and Friday 8th at 8pm (tickets €15/€12).

This production is supported by Cork City and Cork County Council.