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Blood in the Alley Theatre Company presents

The Empty Nest

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by Oisín Flores Sweeney
Directed by Geoff Gould
Starring Seamus O'Rourke and Joan Sheehy

'hugely funny, uncomfortably accurate, and comedically sharp' ★★★★ The Arts Review

Tony and Sheila are watching television... again. Their children are reared, and their grandchildren are invading their lives. Sheila wants to travel; Tony is determined to stay put. Tony is on a new diet; Sheila could cut you in two with a sharp comment. All that's on the television is sex... and they can’t remember when they did it last! Oisín Flores Sweeney’s debut play is an hilarious piece of theatre that looks at how couples negotiate life after the kids leave, their dreams, disappointments, longings and uncompromising opinions on everything - Gogglebox on speed!

'This wonderful little comedy is a perfect match of humour and heart' ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

'The Empty Nest' debuted at Smock Alley as a work-in-progress as part of the Scene + Heard Festival of New Work last year, before embarking on sellout runs at Cork Arts Theatre and The Viking Theatre in Dublin. It now comes to Galway as part of a national tour in 2024. Directed by Geoff Gould, it stars Irish Times Theatre Award nominee Seamus O’Rourke (Lakelands), alongside established actor and director Joan Sheehy (An Cailín Ciúin).

'The humanity of this pair is winning and inviting' Irish Independent

'a gentle exploration of a marriage as it continues into its maturity... makes for an enjoyable evening' No More Workhorse

Duration: 55 minutes