First time on an Irish stage in 25 years

Baglady is a rarely performed play from one of Ireland’s leading playwrights, Frank McGuinness will be performed in The Water.

Baglady is a rarely performed play from one of Ireland’s leading playwrights, Frank McGuinness will be performed in The Water.

It has not been seen on an Irish stage for 25 years but its story is as relevant now as when it was first written. Baglady is a touching and revealing drama on how a woman becomes alienated from life: the eponymous Baglady of the title is a gentle woman whose life has been destroyed by shocking violence. The play explores the conditions and circumstances which caused her to become alienated from society and gradually reveals the terrifying events which shaped her life.

One of the most remarkable aspects of McGuinness’s play is its ability to implicate an entire society while focusing on a lone soul torn asunder by an act of violation. Baglady’s fraught attempts to exorcise her troubled past also holds a mirror up to the on-going debate about how Ireland can best come to terms with its own history. The role of Baglady is played by seasoned stage and screen actor Maria McDermottroe. Her credits include appearances on the Abbey and Gaiety stages as well as roles in Veronica Guerin, Angela’s Ashes, and John Huston’s The Dead, as well as featuring as Mrs Gilhooley in Killinascully. The performance will take place on April 26 at 8pm. Tickets are €16/€12 and are available from (056) 77 61674 or www.watergatetheatre.com