In What Where, written in English in 1983, four characters appear
at intervals, all dressed in the same long grey gown with the same
long grey hair. Bam controls and interrogates the others, sending
them off 'to confess' to an unnamed crime. A seasonal cycle from
spring to winter passes in the course of the play, with Bam repeating
the same questions and actions.
'Time passes. That is all. Make sense who may. I switch off.'
Bam, What Where
and director Damien O'Donnell is perhaps best known for his
highly acclaimed 1999 feature-film East is East, which won
the BAFTA award for Best British Film and was also the winner of
PRIX MEDIA 2000. His previous film work includes: Chrono-Perambulator,
a time-machine adventure spanning 400 years in 11 minutes, and Danger
Doyle's Doo, a comedy set in the world of pigeon racing on the
east coast of Scotland, written by Danny McCahon and screened as
part of the Mind the Gap series on BBC Scotland. In 1995
Damien's short Thirty Five Aside, screened as part of The
Talent short film festival on BBC2, won him a Best New Director
is a lot of menace in the play. What Where is about a brooding,
Lewis (Bem, Bim and Bom) has worked extensively in film, television
and theatre. His film credits include: Scorsese's Gangs of New
York; Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot and One Life Stand
(Best Film, New York Silicon Alley Festival); Peter Mullan's Orphans
(for which he won the Gijon Film Festival '98 Best Actor award);
Ken Loach's My Name is Joe and Carla's Song; and Danny
Boyle's Shallow Grave. He also played the lead in Damien
O'Donnell's BAFTA-nominated short film Danger Doyle's Doo.
His theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,
Ecstasy, and Love, Lies, Bleeding, among many others.
Sean McGinley (Bam) has an impressive list of credits in
film, theatre and television. His theatre performances in both Ireland
and the UK include the Abbey's productions of Famine, A
Long Day's Journey into the Night and Whistle in the Dark,
which went on to play at the Royal Court, and The Shaughraun,
which earned him a Time Out Best Actor award. At the Gate
he has performed in The Three Sisters and Aristocrats.
His film credits include John Boorman's The General, Neil
Jordan's The Butcher Boy and Michael Collins, Mel
Gibson's Braveheart and Jim Sheridan's The Field.
He played the lead in RTÉ's series Making the Cut
and DDU and in the highly acclaimed four-part series Family,
directed by Michael Winterbottom.