The ILS has arranged for a group visit on 16 January to the National Theatre Archive for a screening of the recording of the NT production of Conor McPherson’s The Veil from 2011. The screening room at the Archive has only limited capacity so we must limit this event to members-only, there are 25 places. If there is sufficient demand we will arrange a further screening. Please contact the Honorary Secretary if you wish to reserve a place: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1822, rural Ireland. The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen-year-old Hannah to England. She is to be married off to a Marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a séance, the consequences of which are catastrophic.
The Veil weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time. The play is directed by McPherson. The cast includes Jim Norton, who won both Tony and Olivier awards for his performance in McPherson’s The Seafarer. This is a three-camera recording made for research purposes, it does not therefore offer the cinematic experience of an NT Live broadcast.