Preview | Ourselves Alone @ Player's Theatre
By Anne Devlin
Directed by Conor Irwin
Players Theatre, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College
18th June – 23rd June
Matinée Saturday 23rd at 2.30pm
Ourselves Alone is the highly acclaimed début of Irish playwright Anne Devlin. Set in Belfast at the height of ‘The Troubles’, the play charts the lives of three very different young women, two sisters and a best friend, as they struggle to cope with domineering men and the claustrophobic environment of a city torn apart by sectarian violence.
Frieda wants to be a singer and escape the clutches of her overbearing father, a prominent member of the IRA; Josie has had a ten year long affair with the powerful and charismatic O’Donnell who refuses to leave his wife, while Donna waits patiently for her lover Liam who has been in prison for the last five years. Funny, poignant, powerful and moving, it examines the unique experience of women in conflict – their loneliness, their sense of isolation and the sacrifices they make for the men in their lives.
Ourselves Alone was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1985 and was joint winner of the George Devine Award in 1986. The Sunday Times Theatre critic wrote at the time that ‘Devlin writes a tough, deeply felt prose…steely with sardonic humour and outraged feeling’.
This will be the first time the play has been performed in Dublin since 1986 and JuSt Theatre Company has assembled an exciting and talented cast of young Irish and English actors to bring Devlin’s wonderful story to life.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Friday 15th June 2012 | Theatre
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