The Everyman presents a rehearsed reading of The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, as part of Play It by Ear, a programme of shows for The Everyman stage and available by live audio broadcast.
The play centres on James ‘Sharky’ Harkin, who has returned home to look after his irascible, ageing brother Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. It’s Christmas Eve and as Sharky attempts to stay off the bottle during the holidays, he contends with the hard-drinking, irascible Richard and his own haunted conscience. The drinks are flowing as old friends Ivan and Nicky convene for an annual game of poker… but with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised to eternal consequences. Sharky may be playing for his very soul.
This is a play about darkness and light in the most unlikely of places.
Written by Irish Playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, Shining City), The Seafarer premiered at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2006 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play. It premiered on Broadway in December of 2007, where it was nominated for four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Play.