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'When reality punctures the mask of self-projection, the best we can ask for is to be wearing pants. I just hope the president is.' Photo: AP

'When reality punctures the mask of self-projection, the best we can ask for is to be wearing pants. I just hope the president is.' Photo: AP

'When reality punctures the mask of self-projection, the best we can ask for is to be wearing pants. I just hope the president is.' Photo: AP

Earlier this month I attended a theatrical performance in the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely in Co Wicklow. There were two short monologues, both performed by Cora Fenton, co-founder of Call Back Theatre.

The second piece was called 'Bonfire Night'. It was narrated by a middle-aged woman with a history of disappointments and left to care for her elderly father. It was bonfire night and she was heading out. Oh, and she had a gun. The monologue riffed backwards and forwards through her life but always seemed to come back to the gun. It was very much Chekhov's gun and we all knew it was going to be used.


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