Draíocht Blanchardstown, Ireland

The Visit

By Deirdre Kinahan

Rose has washed and ironed her cowgirl shirt and skirt. She carries it on a hanger. She likes the way the fringe swings when she wears it. Makes her feel glamourous. Adventurous. Brave. She stands on the empty stage and looks out into the auditorium. Imagining what it will be like when it is full. Which it will be. Tonight. When the choir perform. In the quiet of the theatre, she finds herself thinking back on the events of that morning, the events of last year, the last twenty years. When did she stop being her? Rose thinks about her dead husband Stephen, and her sons, and the man who knocked on her door.

A funny, heart-warming, touching new play that explores a hidden social reality we are only beginning to understand. The Visit is written by Deirdre Kinahan, one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights. It is based on her play YES written as part of Draíocht’s groundbreaking Home Theatre (Ireland) Project in 2018. YES was inspired by the time Deirdre spent with Maureen Penrose, her Home Theatre host.

The Visit is funded by an Arts Council Theatre Project Award with
significant additional support provided by Draíocht Blanchardstown

Directed by Veronica Coburn

Performed by Mary O’Driscoll

Sound Design: Sinead Diskin

Set & Costume Design: Deirdre Dwyer

Lighting Design: Eamon Fox


Draíocht, Blanchardstown


13 Oct, 8pm


14-16 Oct, 8pm




70 mins., no interval.