Reflection and mirth at The Olympia as Two Pints takes to stage

by Padraig Conlon

Roddy Doyle is bringing one of his most popular creations home to Dublin this Summer.

After very well received performances in pubs across Ireland, as well as on tour in the US and UK, Doyle’s play – Two Pints – is coming to The Olympia Theatre in August.

After starting out life as a conversation on Facebook, Two Pints has grown into a popular play featuring two men who meet for a pint, chew the fat and set the world to rights.

Doyle said: “I sat in the kitchen one evening and, feeling as if I was just about to press a button and perhaps destroy the world, I opened a Facebook account.

“I was a bit mystified at first, and I didn’t really know what to do with it.

“Then Obama and the Queen of England came to Dublin, and there was a bit of merriment and giddiness around the place that had been absent since the collapse of the economy, and it was great.

“So I just imagined these two men, slightly older than myself, sitting at a bar and chatting about it all.

“I posted it on Facebook and the reaction was terrific.”

Following the positive response online, a tragic event in Doyle’s life became the catalyst for Two Pints to become a play.

Doyle said: “Some months after my father had died, I met a man in London and we talked about the possibility of [his dad’s death] being a play. He had been through a similar experience – his mother had died recently.

“We were talking about the whole rhythm of your life when this occurs, going to the hospital, and very soon, we were laughing.

“At the end of the conversation, I thought in the back of my mind that I had a plot that would last the right length for a play.”

Starring Liam Carney and Philip Judge, and directed by Caitriona McLaughlin, Doyle is really looking forward to the Two Pints Summer run at The Olympia.

The author added: “In 1987, I saw my first play, Brownbread, being performed on the Olympia stage.

“Now, 33 years later, I’ll be seeing Two Pints on the same stage. I’m delighted.”

Tickets for Two Pints, which runs at The Olympia from August 18-29, priced €26, are available now via Ticketmaster.ie, Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and The Olympia’s box office, telephone 0818 719 330.

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