For more than fifty years Cass McGuire has worked among deadbeats and washouts; now she returns to Ireland to the family who rejected her, to find a home of her own. Brian Friel’s rhapsodic play celebrates past joys and the way people recreate their own stories.
For more than fifty years Cass McGuire has worked a block from Skid Row, among deadbeats and washouts – people who live in the past. This bawdy, vital, compassionate play deals with her return to Ireland and her genteel family’s rejection of her. It follows her lonely struggle to rediscover the home she’s dreamt of all her life and her eventual surrender to the make-believe of Eden House, rest home for elderly people.
It is a Wagnerian music drama which records the desperate, evasive actions of three people (Trilbe, Ingram, and Cass) as they rearrange and falsify their disappointing pasts. Each of the three lonely individuals, seated in an elevated, winged armchair, chants an extended rhapsody about his or her past life, a rhapsody that celebrates the travel, the wine and music, and the joy and love shared with an attentive companion. The author, Brian Friel, like Wagner before him, is experimenting in this play with the reciprocal relationship between dramatic action and tonal harmonies.
|Alice||Glenys Lloyd Williams|
|Mrs Butcher||Ginnie Orrey|