Stacey Gregg’s play Perve tackles the thorny subject of paedophilia and the hysteria that surrounds it. It was first performed on the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 31 May 2011.
Gethin has recently completed a course in film-making and, while his mum wants him to shoot her friend’s wedding video, he is interested in a much more daring project. He sets out to make a documentary about people’s reactions to a self-instigated rumour that he is a paedophile. Intent on proving society's paranoia over the subject, he quickly loses control of the project, landing himself in deep water and threatening his relationship with his family and friends.
The Abbey Theatre premiere was directed by Róisín McBrinn and designed by Alyson Cummins. It was performed by Ciarán O’Brien, Peter Campion, Andrea Irvine, Roxanna Nic Liam, Hilda Fay, Kerrie O’Sullivan and Jane Brennan.