Solas Nua Reading August 21 Featuring Award Winning Irish Playwrite


Abbie Spallen’s award-winning dark comedy draws a line in the mud for Northern Ireland. This political satire is, according to the playwright,  “about frustration and impotence at the hands of the powers that be.” 

August 21st7pm at Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F St NW (near Union Station)

Lally’s child is stuck down a well. But with her own history of getting stuck in tight places, is her town too cynical to offer any real help? Cutting through red tape with biting wit, Abbie Spallen reveals the Ireland never displayed in tourism brochures. 

The cast features:
Alexander Strain (Helen Hayes Award winner), Brigid Cleary (Helen Hayes Award winner), Joe Mallon, Amanda Forstrom, Mike Winch, and Rex Daugherty.

Abbie Spallen is a multi award winning writer, actor and film producer.  Her awards as writer include the Stewart Parker major award, The Tony Doyle award, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Clare McIntyre Bursary from The Royal Court, the Peggy Ramsay award, the Dublin City Council Bursary for Literature and the HALMA Foundation award for excellence in the European arts.

Her plays include ABEYANCE (Druid Debut, Druid Theatre Co), PUMPGIRL (Bush/Traverse/Manhattan Theatre Club), which won the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Stewart Parker award and was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play, STRANDLINE (Fishamble) which was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award, and BOGWOG (NPC) O’Neill Centre Connecticut. LALLY THE SCUT was named by Fintan O’Toole (Irish Times) as Irish Play of the Year 2015 and POENA 5X1 premiered in the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival 2016, receiving fantastic reviews. Her short plays include THIRTEEN (Women in Power and Politics,Tricycle Theatre), SHAVING THE PICKLE (59E59 NYC) and RUBBERFOOT (Pentabus).

In 2014 she was awarded the Major Individual Artist Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in 2016 Abbie was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature. She is currently under commission to the Royal National Theatre, The Abbey in Dublin and the Lyric Belfast.

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