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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tóibín up for theatre gong

Enniscorthy writer Colm Tóibín, pictured, is in the hunt for a prestigious Tony award on Broadway.

The man from Parnell Avenue in Enniscorthy may be best known for his novels.

But he has created a stir in theatrical circles with his 'The Testament of Mary', based on the novella of the same name.

The play prompted standing ovations in the Walter Kerr theatre in New York, where Fiona Shaw playing the lead.

The Tony nomination was secured despite the fact that there were just 22 official performances of the production, after 27 previews. The total audience was around the 30,000 mark.

The curtain came down for the final time on Sunday and the decision on the award will be announced on June 9.

'This was never going to run forever,' mused the playwright when he was interviews on RTÉ's 'Morning Ireland'.

He pointed to the commercial impossibility of filling a 1,000-seat theatre for a long run with a one-woman show.

'The Testament of Mary' presents the thoughts of a grieving mother and the author reckons that it offers a 'dynamite part' for the right actress.

It was first seen at the Dublin theatre festival in 2011 but it may be some time before Irish audiences have another chance to see the play.

Colm Tóibín revealed that 'Testament' is due to be performed in Spain in September, with talk of France, Brazil and Scandinavia to follow – but no mention of a show in Ireland.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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