Dublin theatre debuts for two Tipp writers

Maura Barrett Branch Librarian in Carrick-on-Suir
Short stories written by Carrick-on-Suir Library’s librarian Maura Barrett and adult education officer Eileen Condon from Newcastle have been adapted into radio plays and were performed on stage at a Dublin theatre last week.

Short stories written by Carrick-on-Suir Library’s librarian Maura Barrett and adult education officer Eileen Condon from Newcastle have been adapted into radio plays and were performed on stage at a Dublin theatre last week.

Maura’s love story “A Heart Stolen” and Eileen’s thought provoking drama “Stronger Than Any Flower” were performed by professional actors before a packed audience in Bewley’s Theatre on Grafton St. The plays have also been recorded for radio and will be broadcast later this year.

They were among six radio dramas performed in the show, and are part of the Tales of Our Times series commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The writers are all graduates of NUI Maynooth’s Writing for Publication Course and their works were performed on stage complete with the live “Foley” sound effects used in radio plays. Orla Murphy from Cahir was the producer and director of the production.

Maura Barrett, who lives at South Lodge, Carrick, said it was an amazing experience. “It was really, really cool. The actors did a fantastic job. I felt so privileged that it was such a professional production.”

“A Heart Stolen” is set on the day the relic of Lawrence O’Toole’s heart was stolen from Dublin’s Christ Church. The central characters are the middle-aged Josie and Michael, who are attracted to each other but can’t act on it. “They see each other at these monthly masses and get to know each other more deeply on this day but the relic’s theft is maybe a sign it isn’t the right thing.”

Eileen Condon, who works with Tipperary Education Training Board, said “Stronger Than Any Flower” focuses on the different ways a car accident impacts on each member of a rural family. “It was exciting to see how the actors brought the characters to life and how they interpreted the characters.I originally wrote it as a short story and adapting it for radio was interesting. There was quite a rigorous editing process to fit it into a radio slot. You had to say goodbye to pieces of your story,” said the New York native.