Play that probes domestic abuse will benefit Cuan Saor, Clonmel

Mary OKeeffe, Jacqui Ahern-Slater and Jessica Keane appear in the play Five Kinds of Silence, which will be presented by the Open House Players at Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel from Tuesday to Thursday, 14th-16th May.
Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Jen Graham will be presented by the Open House Players at Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel from Tuesday to Thursday, 14th-16th May.

Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Jen Graham will be presented by the Open House Players at Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel from Tuesday to Thursday, 14th-16th May.

The drama group will be collaborating with the local organisation Cuan Saor to raise awareness and funds for the invaluable support services they provide freely and confidentially to women and children who experience abuse.

Stephenson’s play is a brave uncovering of one family’s abuse, which too often remains hidden behind various kinds of silence. It tells the story of Billy, who is dead. However his gut-wrenching shadow lives on through his terrorised wife Mary and daughters Susan and Janet. The play explores the effect abusive relationships have on the family dynamic and subsequent disconnection from the external world.

Furthermore, this compelling story examines the role professional services and communities play in supporting the family. These include psychiatrists, police officers, doctors and neighbours.

In between come monologues from parents Billy and Mary, describing the hurt and violence of their own childhoods. Stephenson’s writing is emotionally captivating with its blend of stark realism interspersed amongst some beautiful lyrical passages.

Don’t miss what promises to be a poignant evening of theatre with purpose that one will never forget.

The cast includes Billy (Ricky Dunne), Mary (Mary O’Keeffe), Susan (Jacqui Ahern-Slater), Janet (Jessica Keane), Policeman (William Lankstead) and Psychiatrist (Muireann Morris).

The show starts each evening at 8pm and tickets are available by ringing 086-4530077. Tickets cost €12 each, including refreshments.