The Nose – Irish Examiner and The Irish Times Review

Few of those adaptations could match Bruiser Theatre Company’s new show for sheer intensity and verve in immersing us in Gogol’s delirious world. Writer Patrick J O’Reilly relocates the tale from Gogol’s St Petersburg to 1920s New York. This allows director Lisa May to mobilise all manner of enjoyable conceits, from a ragtime music score to silent-era slapstick, vaudeville, and the gangster film.

Pádraic Killeen, Irish Examiner

To the strains of Matthew Reeve’s evocative Scott Joplin-inspired score and the distant pounding of typewriters, O’Reilly and Rose explode on stage, striking a note of frantic desperation and sweaty enthusiasm for the task in hand.

Jane Coyle, 28 March 2014, The Irish Times

The Nose

I am pleased to be working with Bruiser Theatre Company again this spring. I will be composing music for there forthcoming production of The Nose. The play opens at The MAC in Belfast prior to an Irish Tour and will be directed by LISA MAY.

In this fresh new adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story, Alexey Kovaliov, a mid-level government bureaucrat, awakens one morning horrified to discover that his nose has run off.