Sherman Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres embark upon first co-production with The Weir

21 Sep 2016




Written by Conor McPherson | Directed by Rachel O’ Riordan


Sherman Theatre, 7 – 22 October

PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 11 October, 7pm (Sherman Theatre)

Tobacco Factory Theatres, 25 October – 5 November

PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 27 October, 7.30pm (Tobacco Factory Theatres)


Tobacco Factory Theatres and The Sherman Theatre are delighted to be embarking on a new co-producing partnership and are thrilled to make the link between their two organisations as they expand their individual in-house production portfolios. The Weir brings both organisations together to work with a stunning cast and creative team to deliver a world class piece of theatre in both venues.

The cast includes Steven Elliott, Richard Clements, Orla Fitzgerald, Simon Wolfe and Patrick Moy. Directed by Rachel O’Riordan, the show is a brand new co-production between the Sherman Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Set in a remote bar in rural Ireland, four friends and one stranger find solace in sharing stories ranging from the heart-warmingly humorous to the darkly confessional. A renowned contemporary classic, The Weir is a multi-award winning play, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play of 1997-98 as well as McPherson’s Critics’ Circle Award and Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright in 1998.

Richard Clements (Jim) has made numerous stage and screen appearances, including regularly appearing on BBC’s The Fall in the role of Rick Turner. His onstage performances include the Edinburgh Fringe First award winning Spoiling in 2014. He has worked with Rachel O’Riordan on several past productions including Over the Bridge and Arguments for Terrorism. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and now returns to Cardiff.

Steven Elliott (Finbar) has most recently appeared in numerous productions with Theatr Clwyd, where he is also an associate artist, including Jumpy and Cyrano De Bergerac. His onstage appearances also include the National Theatre’s Frankenstein and The Winter’s Tale.

Orla Fitzgerald (Valerie) is an Irish stage actress now based in London. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Breakthrough Artist at the Irish Film and Television Awards for Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or award  winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley as well as being nominated for Best Actress for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Most recently, she played the role of Winnie Carley in Fishamble’s Inside the GPO. Her other onstage appearances include: The Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange Theatre), Out of Joint’s BANG BANG BANG and Uncle Vanya (Lyric Belfast).


Patrick Moy (Brendan) is an Irish actor, nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his role as Malcolm in Macbeth at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. He also provides the voice for Pickle on CBeebies’ Footy Pups. He has previously worked with companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and has recently completed a US tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Actors From the London Stage.

Simon Wolfe (Jack) has appeared recently in War Horse at the New London Theatre; Orpheus Descending at Royal Exchange, Manchester and Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange.  He has previously played the role of Brendan in the Royal Courts tour of The Weir 15 years ago in 2001.


Rachel O’Riordan, Artistic Director of Sherman Theatre has received wide spread critical acclaim for her recent productions of Bird and Iphigenia in Splott. Rachel has also direct an annual classic at the Sherman and The Weir follows A Doll’s House in 2015 and Romeo and Juliet in 2014. O’Riordan is re-joined by the creative team of Kenny Miller (Bird, A Doll’s House, Romeo and Juliet; Sherman Theatre) whose set will feature a fully working bar as well as sound designer and composer Simon Slater (Bird, A Doll’s House, Arabian Nights; Sherman Theatre) and lighting designer Kevin Treacy (Bird, A Doll’s House, Romeo and Juliet; Sherman Theatre).  They are joined by Chelsey Goddard as Assistant Director as part of the JMK Directors Group.*

Sherman Theatre makes and curates exciting theatre for audiences and develops meaningful partnerships with the best of UK and international companies. With a focus on the development and presentation of new writing in both English and Welsh, the Sherman Theatre supports and nurtures emerging artists and connects with its audiences through a relevant and inspiring Community Engagement programme.  It provides opportunities for those who have previously faced barriers to attendance to go to the theatre for the first time, through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded project, Sherman 5.


Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate spaces at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, as well as off site in Bristol and in venues across the country. It presents a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry. It also runs an expanding programme of engagement, learning and participation opportunities for audiences, young people and artists.


The co-production opens at the Sherman Theatre, 7 – 22 October, before heading to Tobacco Factory Theatres, 25 October – 5 November.  Tickets can be booked online at or at 

@ShermanTheatre | @tftheatres | #TheWeir


Running Time: 1hr 35 mins | Suitable for ages 14 +

Company Information

Directed by Rachel O’Riordan      Written by Conor McPherson      

Music Composed by Simon Slater            Lighting Design by Kevin Treacy

Designed by Kenny Miller              Sound Design by Sam Jones

Assistant Directed (JMK Trust) by Chelsea Gillard 


Jim Richard Clements                      Valerie Orla Fitzgerald 

Jack Simon Wolfe                             Finbar Steven Elliott

Brendan Patrick Moy


Listings information


7 – 22 Oct        Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

                        Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE

                                £25 - £15 (concs £2 off) | Previews 7th – 10th Oct £20 - £12

029 2064 6900 | |


Captioned Performance: Friday 14 October, 7.30pm

Box Office opening times: 10.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday (excl. Public holidays)


25 Oct – 5 Nov Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

                        Raleigh Rd, Bristol BS3 1FT

                                £16 (concs £13) | Previews 25th – 26th Oct £11

                                0117 902 0344 | |


BSL Interpreted Performance: Wednesday 02 November, 7.30pm

Box Office opening times: 11am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday (excl. Public holidays) 

*The JMK Assistant Director Bursary is funded by the Richard Carne Trust.  


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