That Brazen Strap

The box office is now open here for my play ‘That Brazen Electric Strap of a Wan’ playing at the King’s Head Theatre, London in May.

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Treas Callaghan is a 77-year-old retired head-mistress who has been “good” all her life. However, now nearing the end of her mortal coil, she has come to realise that all she upheld in her life, the church and society, ultimately harmed and limited her. Treas is increasingly haunted by the memory of her older sister Moll, a brazen strap who was hounded from the island in the 1950s.

Treas determines to absorb her sister’s spirit and explore the areas barred to her a young woman: working with electricity, taking magic mushrooms and having sex. For the latter, she hires a troubled rent boy from Dublin, Ronaldo.The terrain is further complicated when Northern Irish nurse Fintan McGinley makes an unexpected call.

A metaphor for contemporary Ireland a century on from the Easter Rising, the play is a wry, darkly comic look at the state of the Irish nation, the scars of the twentieth century and its legacy. Do come along…

This production is funded by an Arts Council England grant/National Lottery Funding.

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About suehealy

Award-winning Irish writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. Her full-length stage plays include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Hackney Attic and Sterts theatres and festivals including the Claremorris Fringe (New Writing Award winner), the Brighton (Sussex Playwrights’ Award winner) and the UEA Contemporary European Drama Festival, Norwich. Autumn 2017 will see her work showcased at the Finborough, Arcola and Criterion theatres in London. Radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and the Old Vic 12 New Voices. Sue's prose has won the the Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award and has been published widely. Sue has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from juried artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. Sue is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She is currently London-based, completing a Ph.D. on the Royal Court Theatre. Sue is an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the Universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, and tutors Creative Writing at City Lit. She is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre. View all posts by suehealy

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