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By Emma Donoghue

Kissing the Witch

Adapted from her booklet of 13 revisionist fairy stories of an analogous identify, this play interweaves 4 vintage plots – good looks and the Beast, Donkeyskin, the Goose lady, the Little Mermaid – with an invented one a couple of determined lady going to a witch for support. Kissing the Witch reveals the gritty within the fantastical, and excavates magic to discover what’s rather going on.


Set over 3 days in 1661, Trespasses is galvanized via the judge’s personal account of 1 of the tiny handful of witch trials that ever came about in eire. It asks why a servant lady who fell into matches could have positioned the blame on an previous beggarwoman – but additionally, extra undying questions about the clashing cultures that experience to proportion a small island state. Trespasses is ready religion and superstition, politics and sophistication, sadism and love.

Ladies and Gentlemen

This play with songs, set regularly within the dressing rooms of busy vaudeville theatres in all places North the US, was once encouraged by means of a true same-sex marriage ceremony that happened in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1886. It resurrects a ragtag troupe of emigrants – so much particularly, male impersonator Annie Hindle, ‘a man’s widow and a woman’s widower’, because the tabloids known as her. With a mild contact, Ladies and Gentleman explores the methods we practice our roles, either off and on stage.

I recognize my very own Heart
Inspired by way of the key coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all of the conventions of Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of mannish, boastful Lister (nicknamed ‘Gentleman Jack’) and 3 of her many enthusiasts, I recognize my very own Heart explores the various offerings girls made in a time of limits and prohibitions.

Don’t Die Wondering

When a cafe prepare dinner loses her activity as a result of a homophobic buyer, she mounts a one-woman wood in protest. The police officer assigned to guard her is her nemesis from schooldays. This one-act comedy, set in a fictional small city, phases a conflict among previous and new components of Irish culture.

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