May 09 2019
Newry-born playwright Abbie Spallen, whose powerful work, Pumpgirl, returns to Galway next Tuesday, May 14, in a new production from Decadent Theatre Company, has “a head-full of storylines” right now. She’s in Spiddal, working as part of a team who are developing plotlines for the next series of the Irish-language TV drama, Ros na Rún.
This is a learning curve for the award-winning writer, as she explains over a chat about her breakthrough play, Pumpgirl. Abbey is a dab hand at writing plays and film scripts and has won awards on all sides for that work, but developing “storylines for a whole village and keeping them in your head”, is a different skill, she says of the Ros na Rún experience.
Pumpgirl is the play that propelled Abbie into people’s consciousness as a writer. The three-hander premiered in 2006 at the Edinburgh Festival before being staged at the Bush in London and the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, eventually making its Irish premiere in 2008, when Andrew Flynn directed it for Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.
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