Phil Coulter - Echoes Of Home

Druid Presents

Brigit World Premier & Bailegangaire

Brigit

Brigit, a prequel to Bailegangaire, begins thirty years earlier. Mommo and Seamus, grandparents on the breadline, have inherited three grandchildren, Mary, Dolly and Tom. Seamus is offered a job to carve a statue of St Brigit.

– I’d like it to be perfect??Beautiful??The statue??Unbeatable??I’d like it to be what I feel??And I don’t know what that is.

Bailegangaire

– The countryside produced a few sensations in the last couple of years, but my grand plan: I'll show them what can happen at the dark of night in a field. I'll come to grips with my life.

Mommo tells over and over again a story she never finishes. It relates how the town of Bochtán came to be known as Baileganagaire, the town without laughter. Mary, Mommo’s granddaughter, in between ministering to her, wavers between staying and leaving her. Dolly, Mommo’s other granddaughter, counts down the days before her husband, Stephen, returns from England and this time she’s determined to be ready for him.

Sisters though they might be, will Mary and Dolly even begin to understand each other? Is any sense to be made of what Mommo has to say? What will it take to release each of these women from their private hells?

First premièred by Druid in 1985, Bailegangaire is unique in Tom Murphy’s oeuvre for centering exclusively on the lives of women. It throws an unremitting but tender light on a trinity of women’s lives from a dark time.

‘A major play from a major Irish playwright, Bailegangaire is as complex and haunting as one of Yeats' later poems.… Here is a potent allegory – of the need to exorcise the past and its myths if one is to be happy in the future.’

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

With Bailegangaire, Tom Murphy has written one of the crowning achievements of Irish drama.

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VENUE Town Hall Theatre
DATE Tue 9th to Sun 21st Sep
TICKETS:
Double Bill €44 / €39 - Preview €40 / €35
Single Show €26 / €22 - Previews €22 / €18
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