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Vessel (Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe)

By | Published on Wednesday 22 August 2018

Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe’s two hander explores the roles that women and fertility play in pre-8th amendment Ireland. In a show that discusses grief, shame, and standing up for what you believe in, O’Keeffe plays a woman seeking an abortion, with Edward De Gaetano as the journalist trying to tell her story. She technically could have the baby, but she chooses not to. It’s brilliantly written, the combination of dialogue and narration giving a sense of realness to the show, while the actors convincingly portray two ordinary people caught up in an extraordinarily important story. This is a contemporary play, but the almost post-apocalyptic undertones make it a thought-provoking piece of social commentary on Catholic Ireland and abortion laws.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lucy Caradog]