Jul 09 2021
Review: The Secrets of Primrose Square
A production that tracks the bleak reality of life during a pandemic in a south Dublin area
Claudia Carroll’s 2018 novel The Secrets of Primrose Square enjoyed a revival in popularity in 2020. It was the most downloaded book in Ireland and the UK during Covid-19 lockdown and the most popular audio release in August and September.
Set among residents of a suburban square in south Dublin, its blend of heightened domestic problems and community support was surely comforting to readers stuck at home as they adjusted to the bleak reality of life during a pandemic. Carroll has now adapted her book for the stage, and she shifts the third-person narrative prose into the accessible, confessional form of the monologue, which she splits between a pared down cast of three central female characters.
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