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Performance

VenueThe Abbey Theatre
Other spaces: Peacock Theatre
TownDublin
CountyIreland
From1st October 1999
To20th November 1999
What is currently on at The Abbey Theatre (V01247620447)

Dolly West's Kitchen

T02039390024
Buncrana, Donegal, 1944: while Allied troops prepare for D-Day, Ireland remains steadfastly neutral - or as neutral as the widespread anti-English inclinations will allow. But in the West household, neutrality is about to get the elbow... Rima West, the elderly matriarch, is wise, mischievous and incorrigible. She thinks it does folk good, every so often, to let a bit of 'badness' into a house. And God knows, her three grown-up children certainly need something to turn their lives around. Ester, the eldest, has grown bitter locked in a sterile marriage to the undemonstrative Ned. Her youngest, Justin, is a priggish Irish army officer, who nurses a fervent hope that the Germans will win the war. Her middle child, Dolly, once a restaurateur in Italy, now presides over the kitchen of Rima's house by the sea, her life empty of love. Over the border in Derry, the Allies prepare for the invasion of France. Among them is Dolly's former lover, Alec, an Englishman now serving in the British army. So Rima invites Alec and a couple of GIs - one quiet, handsome and polite, the other, the campest infantryman in the US Army - to dinner. And when the soldiers of three different armies collide with the West clan at Dolly's kitchen table , a whole new front opens up...
Author Frank McGuinness


Archive :: production:T02039390024, play:S01161497357, venue:V01247620447

Production details

Company

Director Patrick Mason
Design Joe Vanek
Lighting Nick Chelton
Performer Catherine Byrne
Performer Anthony Calf
Performer Harry Carnahan
Performer Michael Colgan
Performer Donna Dent
Performer Pauline Flanagan
Performer Lucianne McEvoy
Performer Simon O;Gorman
Performer Perry Ojeda

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