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
13 Oct, 8pm
14-16 Oct, 8pm
70 mins., no interval.