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The Cloudspotter: Touching and emotionally intense portrait of an inner-city Dublin family

  Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin until February 4, lunchtime

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Deirdre Monaghan as Nan and Callum Maxwell as Thomas in The Cloudspotter. Photo by Kevin Newcomen

Deirdre Monaghan as Nan and Callum Maxwell as Thomas in The Cloudspotter. Photo by Kevin Newcomen

Deirdre Monaghan as Nan and Callum Maxwell as Thomas in The Cloudspotter. Photo by Kevin Newcomen

This is a slice of kitchen sink drama that neatly captures the complexities of the not uncommon Irish scenario of a grandmother rearing the child of daughter who died from drugs.

Nan lives happily in her inner-city home, looks after 17-year-old grandson Thomas, and argues with her daughter Annie, who doesn’t visit very often. Young Thomas is the apple of her eye, but the rest of the family have a more jaundiced view of him; he has been accused of stealing his uncle’s wallet. Also, he has been caught robbing a warehouse, and the judge has put him on probation. Thomas sometimes doesn’t come home at night, leaving Nan frantic. Is he with his girlfriend, or up to no good?


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