The Wake is authentic
Sir — Joseph Haslam’s letter (Sunday Independent, July 10) derides Tom Murphy’s play The Wake for its “crude and filthy language and actions used”, and The Abbey for performing this “type of so-called art”.
Aisling O’Sullivan was exceptional as Vera, putting every ounce of herself into what is an extraordinarily difficult role. Vera is a lonely, exiled prostitute living a marginalised life in New York. Her return home only highlights the greed of her ‘sane’ family and the people of her home town. In fact, she tells them that she is the only one who is certified sane; the Xanax she keeps is not for herself but for the ‘animals’ who visit her.
She is disconnected therefore to her body; she too, like the hotel she has inherited, is property to be used as a cash nexus and her value as a woman and a human being lies between her legs.