Big Maggie

Greystones Players presents Big Maggie by John B. Keane

Directed by KathyAnn Murphy 

On the day of her husband’s funeral, Maggie Polpin is determined to create a better life for herself and her four children. But problems arise when her vision of the future begins to sit with increasing discomfort on the shoulders of her surly offspring. The dialogue crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her feckless family and unwanted suitors. John B. Keane’s enormously entertaining and often very funny play has an underlying sense of sadness and tragedy, and his superb creation of a rural Irish matriarch ranks with Seán O’Casey’s Juno (in Juno and the Paycock), Tom Murphy’s Mommo (in Bailegangaire) and James Joyce’s Molly Bloom (in Ulysses) as one of the great female characters of twentieth-century Irish literature.

‘John B. Keane’s blast against hypocrisy from 1969 still has a relentless force. In its portrayal of a newly widowed woman who views her husband’s death as a liberation, all pieties, social conventions and sentimentality are punctured.’ – The Guardian

All of Greystones Players’ ten previous productions at the Whale Theatre sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment!

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