Written by John O’Donovan, Directed by Thomas Martin, Starring Josh Williams and Alan Mahon
“Isn’t it good here?’
‘If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You,’ John O’Donovan’s 2016 play performed at the Vaults, is about two young men, trapped on a rooftop and surrounded by police. They’ve just stolen some money, some drugs, and they’re in love. Despite the police, a strange peace is found on the rooftop. It becomes an oasis of stillness. From this fixed point, the two men may lean back and observe the chaos that surrounds them. Through the stories and memories they share, we come to see the small Irish city they live in through their eyes. We learn about impulsive violence that ends with someone in hospital. We learn about cruel, draconian punishments.We learn about bitter feuds and gas station thefts and fraudulent relationships and, underneath it all, constant fear. These two young men never feel safe in this town.
John O’Donovan’s script artfully fills in the world around the rooftop, and Thomas Martin’s direction creates a sense of vertigo on the slanted rooftop. Josh Williams and Alan Mahon both put forward touching performances as Casey and Mikey.
Moving, sad, and full of bleak humour, If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You is a beautiful piece, skilfully put together by all involved.