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Dec 16 2020

The Show Must Go On

The show must go on – even if it is not in a theatre!

Pat Moylan Productions presents The world premiere of The Secrets of Primrose Square Written and adapted for the stage by Claudia Carroll Based on the book of the same name.

Discover The Secrets of Primrose Square Virtual tour dates - January / February 2021

An instant hit when published in 2018, The Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll remained in the charts for 14 weeks.

During Covid-19 lockdown, it was the number one downloaded book, both in Ireland and the UK. In August and September 2020, the audio book reached no. 1 in the public library download charts in Ireland, followed in the no. 2 spot by Normal People.

It was announced today that the stage production based on the book of the same name will premiere in January 2021. Directed by Mark Lambert, this stage adaptation is written by Claudia Carroll herself.

This premiere production will feature Megan McDonnell (Elaine in Normal People & The Playboy of the Western World Lyric Theatre & DTF), Clelia Murphy (Fair City, The Sound of Music, Bord Gais Energy Theatre & UK tour) and Marion O’Dwyer (one of Ireland’s most renowned actors of stage and screen).

Audiences will have the chance to experience the world of Primrose Square from the safety of their homes. This decision to make it available to stream at home was made due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on theatres, which are not open during this level of restrictions. Working with venues across the country Pat Moylan has designed a ‘virtual tour’ for this unmissable production which will be filmed and available to stream. Simply check out the virtual tour dates at http://www.facebook.com/SecretsOfPrimroseSquare, choose the date you would like, go to the corresponding venue website and purchase your ticket to stream on that date at home.

A visit to Primrose Square provides us with tears, laughter and gossip in equal proportions.

Welcome to Primrose Square… At number eighteen, there’s Susan - an ordinary woman dealing with the unimaginable, while her teenage daughter Melissa desperately tries to keep the family together. Next door we have sixty-something Jayne, who’s found love again - or has she?

Creative team: Director Mark Lambert, Lighting Designer Brian Mitchell and Set/Costume Designer Kate Moylan.

This project has been part-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media from the Live Performance Support Scheme.

Tickets priced 12 euro.

Stream at home, dates and booking details:
Jan 22 & 23: Draiocht Blanchardstown, Dublin
Jan 25 & 26: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Jan 27 & 28: Town Hall Theatre Galway
Jan 29: Watergate Theatre Kilkenny
Jan 30 & 31: An Tain Theatre Dundalk
Feb 3 & 4: Everyman Palace Cork
Feb 5 & 6: Dunamaise Theatre Portlaoise
Feb 9 & 10: Lime Tree Theatre Limerick
Feb 11 & 12: Pavilion Theatre. Dun laoghaire, Co Dublin
Feb 13 & 14: Garter Lane Theatre Waterford

As a bestselling author, Claudia Carroll has published sixteen novels, selling over 750,000 thousand copies in paperback alone. Four of her books have been optioned, two for movies and two for TV. Her books regularly reach number one in Ireland and in the UK, she’s a Sunday Times bestseller. Claudia is also an actor, best known for her recurring role as Nicola Prendergast in RTE’s long running soap, Fair City. Her new book, The Fixer will be published by Bonnier Zaffre in Summer 2021.