Wife to James Whelan by Teresa Deevy
Garter Lane Arts Centre – Fri 11 Nov – Sat 19 November – 8pm
It’s the summer of 1930 in the town of Kilbeggan on the Waterford coast. A group of young friends gather to see off the ambitious and mercurial James Whelan who is leaving to take up a position in Dublin. James pledges to return and marry his childhood sweetheart, Nan Bowers, but the spirited Nan resents James’ leave taking and is making no promises to wait for him. Seven years later, James is back in town, about to open the Silver Wings Motor Services and in the market for a wife. But when Nan – by now a near destitute widow with a young son – comes looking for work, events take an unexpected and tragic turn. Wife to James Whelan is a telling commentary on the power structures of small town 1930’s Ireland and a bittersweet evocation of the often painful distance between what is felt and what is said.
Garter Lane Arts Centre – Fri 11 Nov – Sat 19 November – 8pm – €16/13.50
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