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.
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.