By David Mc Williams
Last weekend, I went to see Roddy Doyle’s clever adaptation of Gogol’s The Government Inspector at the Abbey. Go to see it if you can – it is wonderful. Of the many highlights, one of the most memorable is Don Wycherley’s performance as the Mayor.
As I left the theatre, I was marvelling at Wycherley’s talent, because the last time I had seen him on the stage was at the Abbey in Conor McPherson’s hauntingly brilliant The Seafarer. Again, he was superb.
Central to McPherson’s Tony-nominated play is a pact with the devil which one of the characters made many years earlier. One Christmas night, the devil comes back for the man’s soul.
The idea of the pact with the devil is one of the oldest in Christian mythology. This is the basis for the temptations of Christ when Jesus was at his weakest fasting in the desert. All this stuff has deep Biblical resonance.
Over the years, there have been many variations on this theme from the Faust legend developed by Marlowe in the 16th century to Thomas Mann’s version in the 20th century. In all these versions, someone makes a pact with Satan in exchange for wealth, youth or power.
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“ It is time for elected politicians to save their souls”????
I am one of these people who have went to Germany because of a lifestyle choice according to that gobsh*** Noonan. I will be returning to tell this political leach that has made a living on waffel all his life and ask him to show me what choices I have in Ireland .My children have no future as he and his band of traitors have sold out their own people to their political masters in Europe. The Irish nation is now a nation of financial slaves paying off private debts of the gambling banks. We are not been bailed out we are bailing out the German banks who are all but bankrupt without our interest payments on their gamble on corrupt Irish banks. Noonan and his gang of leaches came into office with the promise” not one red cent more” but what did we get more of the same!
my country has been destroyed by corrupt bankers and their political buddies. Gangsters are running the country and the jails are stuffed with people who cannot pay their TV licenses. Not one crooked banker has gone to jail, but countless innocent decent people have had to leave the country as there is no future in sight for them. Not as long we keep putting lifelong waffelers and gombeens like Noonan back into office. We must default and tell the ECB to get stuffed Greece is getting away with a 50% discount and I predict that Greece will eventually default and will go back to their own currency. We really need to stand up now and I cannot understand why our government haven’t gotten together with the other PIGS and come up with a more united front against France and Germany and their Austerity plans for such countries.
We are paying off odious debts and we the people must now stand up and say enough is really enough!