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Abingdon Drama Club Presents
Portia Coughlan
by Marina Carr

Wednesday 27th - Sat 30th September | 7:30pm

£10, concessions £8
From: The Bookstore, The Abingdon Precinct (15 Bury St)
Phone: 0845 4636638


On her thirtieth birthday, Portia Coughlan appears to have all she needs: a home in the Belmont Valley, a wealthy husband, three children, friends, family and admirers. However, she is a troubled soul. She can neither love her husband nor trust herself with looking after her children. She is tormented by the loss of her twin brother Gabriel who drowned in the Belmont River on their fifteenth birthday and whose voice she believes is calling to her.

Using flashback, the play spans Portia’s birthday and the days following as she and her dysfunctional family and friends are touched by the haunting memory of Gabriel and his influence on Portia. The play has a broad range of characters whose verbal sparring, at home, by the riverside and in the local pub, is both shocking and humorous. This dark Irish play, with its comic streak, ploughs the depths of emotion with lyrical and visual acuity.

Marina Carr is Ireland’s premier contemporary female playwright and has written many well-known plays such as On Raftery’s Hill, By The Bog of Cats and The Mai.

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