The Irish Theatre Group is proud to present
SALAD DAY by Deidre Kinanhan
THE APPROACH by Mark O'Rowe
directed by Lyn Wainwright
This double-bill will play for one-night only at the Irish College in Leuven
by Deidre Kinahan
A conversation between an elderly man and woman is set in a residential convalescent home. The pair share memories of their respective but separate lives in previous years.
Surreptitiously at first, the woman devises a plan for them to escape together but is foiled by circumstances from carrying it out.
This poignant play of less than 25 minutes is the forerunner of a successful full-length drama ‘Halcyon Days’ by the same author.
by Mark O’Rowe
Three women meet sporadically, always in pairs, and between what is said and what is not said during their conversations lies the truth. What, on the surface, appears to be simple gossip between former housemates hides a deeper tension. They are haunted by their memories of what they once shared but now no longer enjoy.
There is a cyclical element to the play where they find themselves having the same conversations with subtle differences during different pairings and they often ask the same questions as if hoping for a different response.
Several years pass between each conversation and the repeating nature of the play is emphasised when, at the end, we suddenly return to the beginning of the first conversation. Only then do we realise that we had originally joined it halfway through.
This is the second play that the ITG has performed written by this successful Irish author, having previously produced ‘Our Few and Evil Days ‘ in 2019.
Both plays are set in Dublin in the recent past. Both explore how we can all appear to communicate our stories sincerely, but we often reveal our true selves only partially. As a result, both plays offer universal insights and as many questions as answers as the characters develop.
The doors and bar will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm
This performance is part of the 2023 Play Your Part fundraiser
to support The Warehouse theatre complex in Schaerbeek in Brussels. The ITG wishes to thank The Irish College, KUL and all of you for your sponsorship of this event.