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Genevieve Hulme Beaman steals the show in Joyce’s Women at the Abbey

A stand-out performances lights up Edna O’Brien’s uneven drama, while Dinner with Groucho serves up a feast of humanity

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Genevieve Hulme Beaman as Lucia Joyce in Edna O’Brien’s 'Joyce’s Women' at The Abbey. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Genevieve Hulme Beaman as Lucia Joyce in Edna O’Brien’s 'Joyce’s Women' at The Abbey. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Bill Murphy, Hilda Fay, Stephen Hogan, Bríd Ní Neachtain and Genevieve Hulme Beaman in 'Joyce’s Women'. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Bill Murphy, Hilda Fay, Stephen Hogan, Bríd Ní Neachtain and Genevieve Hulme Beaman in 'Joyce’s Women'. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Ian Bartholomew, Ingrid Craigie and Greg Hicks in Dinner With Groucho. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Ian Bartholomew, Ingrid Craigie and Greg Hicks in Dinner With Groucho. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

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Genevieve Hulme Beaman as Lucia Joyce in Edna O’Brien’s 'Joyce’s Women' at The Abbey. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

One suspects that the last thing Edna O’Brien would want as a reaction to her work is: “Isn’t she amazing at her age?”

Artistic output must stand without the insult of pitying indulgence.


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