Strandline By Abbie Spallen
Published by Faber & Faber, 2009
If you push too far, secrets will out.
Following the recent death of her husband, Máirín, an artist and an outsider living in a small coastal village in Northern Ireland, gathers three local women to her house. Each of the women has a reason for being there and a bloody good reason not to be there.
These women have secrets. This community has secrets. And, as the evening passes, Máirín learns more than she bargained for about the man she had loved.
This richly comic, searing drama by Abbie Spallen, one of Ireland’s most exciting playwrights and recent winner of the Steward Parker Trust Award.
‘Abbie Spallen’s potent and densely layered new play… reverberates with mythological echoes, her story set-up parcels out salient political points and as the figure of an artist and a distrusting community crash together, comedy and disquiet blur into one… awash with style and verve, wit and intellect’
The Irish Times
‘writing is quite extraordinary… wonderful, extraordinary… very exciting play… very funny, wonderfully witty’
The View, RTE