My Name is Saoirse opens tonight

Feb 13 2014 | By More

Traverse 50 writer in new solo show

My Name is Saoirse

My Name is Saoirse

By Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s smallest theatre opens for 2014 business tonight (Thursday) with a new one-hander from Traverse 50 playwright Eva O’Connor.

My Name is Saoirse is a poignant and darkly funny coming of age story directed by Hildegard Ryan and starring Eva O’Connor herself – an award-winning actress.

O’Connor told Æ: “I wanted to write about my experience growing up in rural Ireland, particularly the stories my ma would tell me about her life. It is a dark story but it is told in a light hearted way.”

The play takes place in rural Ireland in 1987. Saoirse lives in a peach-coloured bungalow with her Da and her little brother Brennan. Her best friend at school is Dee, who has a glorious fountain of ginger hair and, according to O’Connor: “An arse so big it distracts all the men at Mass.”

Saoirse prefers running round the fields to chasing after boys, but Dee has other ideas and one fateful Friday night in Wilson’s pub will change the two girls’ lives forever.

The show is part of Discover 21’s £5 Theatre strand. According to David McFarlane of Discover 21, the performances in a 50 seat theatre, are a chance to let new writers perform and be seen without the pressure of the fringe hanging over their heads.

My Name is Saoirse
Discover 21, 151 London Road, EH7 6AE
Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 February 2014, 7.30pm (50 mins).
Cost: £5
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