Have you ever wanted to do something cool, so dangerously, unbelievably enviously cool? Like, let’s say, robbing a bank? Because, why not? It’s no secret everyone can do with a bit of extra cash (a couple of hundred of thousand of one of those stable hard currencies); we all also dream about living in a nice big house by the beach, in a place where the sky is always blue,the air is always fresh and gentle and the sun is just bathing you in its never-ending warmth… Somewhere like Rio, for example. Wouldn’t life then be just wonderful?
And that aside, how cool would the process itself of stealing the money be? A black balaclava – check, a black suit – check, a torch (because who doesn’t need a torch?) – check, a couple of really smooth yoga-ish slash kung-fu movements to manoeuvre along the red lasers (there probably won’t be any, but… well, you never know), the get-away car waiting outside. THE GET-AWAY CAR!
Even if you have never dreamt of it, sure you would have seen it in one of the numerous films on the subject. And I bet, you couldn’t help but imagine yourself being in place of the protagonist. Being just as he or she was: quick, smart and cool. So unbelievably and enviously cool.
Well… so did Ash (played by Susan Barrett) and her boyfriend Dan (played by Stephen Gorman). Ash occupies the absolutely boring and unexciting position of a bank clerk. Day after day, costumer after costumer… life doesn’t throw anything even a bit exciting into Aisling’s direction. Living in a small rented apartment in Ranelagh, our protagonist dreams of a better life somewhere sunny and hot. She even knows how to get where she wants to be: she just has to rob the Central Bank in Dublin city center. She even has a person “on the inside”: herself. She conveniently already works there. Being a security guard in a casino, Aisling’s boyfriend Dan enthusiastically agrees to help out with the “technical side” of the deal. All they need is to find the other five “contributors” to help them with their little plan. Five highly-professional volunteers who won’t ask any questions. The couple is even ready to share the stolen profit.
Ash and Dan are serious about what they are doing; they are so serious, they even have a wall board, on which they’ve drawn their dream house (it’s always good to have a clear motivation, it helps to keep moving towards the set goal). In addition to the wall, they have a 12 step plan on how to rob a bank! It’s all there on the wall.
Everything looks great and makes perfect sense. To Ash and Dan. But not to Áine (played by Sinead O’Brien), Ash’s somewhat more sensible and down-to earth sister-psychologist. Áine’s good intentions of helping her sister out start getting on Ash’s nerves. She doesn’t need her sister’s help, she has the perfect plan for her perfect future.
And just when it looks like nothing can go wrong…
Aisling’s Seven (The Central Bank Heist), written and directed by Cian O’Ceallachain, is a wonderful easy-watch, perfect for a rainy (or sunny) Friday (or any other day of the week) afternoon (or matinee on Friday and Wednesday). It’s funny. It’s actually very very funny. There are loads of great plays being staged in Dublin nowadays, but it’s really difficult to find a production where the jokes would actually make you laugh instead of simply chuckle.
The plot is far from being original but it’s the beautifully shaped characters, the wonderfully written setting and brilliant performances given by all three actors that make Aisling’s Seven really stand out.
Presented by Underdog Theatre Productions, Aisling’s Seven is the perfect treat for a relaxing and entertaining night out. Closing on Saturday, 23rd of April, there is still a chance to catch it before it ends. Do not miss your opportunity to get some first-hand information on how to plan a bank robbery. Oops, I shall say no more. All the needed info on how to proceed: http://www.theatreupstairs.ie/aislings-seven