BIG MAGGIE by John B Keane
The play is set in Kerry in the 1960`s. Maggie, the widow of Walter Polpin, is with her four children at the funeral. Maggie, a matriarchal out-spoken woman who has lived 25 years in an abusive relationship is now the sole owner of the shop and farm. She has major plans for the future, which doesn`t sit well with her children.
Scene 1 takes place in the graveyard during the funeral, Maggie, sitting aside with a cigarette and not actively involved in the wreath laying at her husband`s funeral.
Scene 2 is set in the Polpin shop the evening after the funeral. The door is locked, the cash is counted and the curtains are drawn. The family are gathered and the children are waiting for the reading of their father´s will, but Maggie has other plans.
Scene 3 three months have passed and we are back in the Polpin shop. Mr Byrne, a local man, with an eye for Maggie, is in the shop talking with Gert, the youngest of the Polpin children. Teddy Heelin, a handsome travelling salesman arrives and has his eye on young Gert.
Scene 1 the scene is set in the Polpin shop later the same evening, temperatures are rising.
Scene 2 a year has passed and we are back in the Polpin shop. Katie, Maggie´s oldest daughter is in doing her shopping and we realise that a lot has happened during the past year.
The final scene, later that night, Maggie is alone in the shop, making a phone call to a customer who is behind with payments. A girl enters the shop…
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In April Ireland will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising to end British rule and the proclamation of Ireland as a republic. To mark this milestone please join us for Niall Balfe’s new play, 100. Booking is open now and we expect great interest in this unique cultural event.
Members of the Swedish Irish Society will be informed of their discount code in the email newsletter.
It is the 24th April, 2016. The President of Ireland is coming to call on Sean Boland on the occasion of Sean’s 100th birthday.
At the same time, Sean’s grandson, Al, is about to launch a war on a rival drugs gang.
Meanwhile, back in 1916, Sean’s father, Pat, has been called out by the Irish Volunteers as they make a bold strike for freedom from British rule, while his uncle is away in the trenches in France fighting against the Germans. With Ireland and Europe in turmoil, Sean’s mother Nellie is going into labour.
“100” is a brief retrospective of Irish history since the great Easter Rising of 1916 as seen through the lives of one family. Is this “the house” that Pearse “shaped in his heart”?
Just a reminder that you can buy your ticket in advance up until 3pm on Friday at which point we will close online sales. Not to worry though, thanks to the excellent theater we have this year we will have full availability on the door, 150kr and cash only of course. You’ll want a little extra cash for the intermission bar as well, we love small notes!
Booking your ticket in advance, however, helps things run more smoothly on the night. We will also be keeping the first few rows of seats for those who’ve pre-booked. Can’t wait to see you all in Skarpnäck!
If you are availing of your Swedish-Irish discount on the night please bring along your membership card or show the email with your discount code.
Tickets are now available for our three performances on the 17th and 18th of April at Kulturhuset in Skärpnäck.
Admission is 150kr and members of the Swedish Irish Society should keep an eye out for their member discount code coming by e-mail.
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Another Peace by Niall Balfe
In a small town in rural Ireland, Bernie and Paul Quinn, owners of the local shop and Post Office, are still trying to come to terms with the death, almost a year before, of their son, Stevie.
Stevie’s girlfriend Imelda is struggling to escape the confines of the family farm. His best friend, Shane, is dreaming of finding his own way out. Meanwhile, a bitter election campaign is in progress for a seat on the county council, with local girl Lisa Comerford battling to upset the status quo.
Another Peace follows their fortunes as they try to make their peace with life in modern-day Ireland.
This spring’s production will premiere a modern drama written by Stockholm-based Irish playwright Niall Balfe. We will be performing in Skarpnäck on the 17th and 18th of April. Booking will open soon, so spread the word!
*Psst* Swedish Irish Society members should keep an eye out for information on the members discount. Make sure your details and membership are up to date.