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My play That Brazen Electric Strap of a Wan, at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, May 7th, 14th & 19th, at 3p.m.
Arts Council England/National Lottery are funding this production-without-décor and I feel very lucky to have attracted some stellar talent to the show.
That Brazen Electric Strap of a Wan will be directed by Adina Levay (Young Vic Directors’ Programme). The cast of four includes high profile Irish actors: Frank Laverty (All That Fall, Michael Collins, Angela’s Ashes), Paddy Glynn (A Skull in Connemara, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Cinéma Français) Madeleine Brolly (Una, Leaves on the Line) and Desmond Healy (Time and the Conways, Festen).
Set on the fictional Irish island of Trafadden, Co. Waterford, That Brazen Electric Strap of a Wan centres on Treas, a 77-year-old retired headmistress who has been “good” all her life. Nearing the end of her mortal coil, she now determines to absorb her wanton sister Moll’s spirit and explore sex and drugs. For the former she hires a troubled rent boy from Dublin, Ronaldo. The terrain becomes further complicated when the district nurse, Fintan, pays an unexpected visit.
That Brazen Electric Strap of a Wan is a darkly funny comedy-drama about regret, guilt, survival and moving on. Metaphorically, the play is a wry state-of-the-nation look at contemporary Ireland, and the scars left by the century long journey since the turbulent years of the Easter Rising and the War of Independence (1916-1922).
See you there!
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.