Bray People

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Drama with industrial strength at Mermaid

The 63-year-old Joan Donnelly is nostalgic about her former life as a factory worker in Bray.

Having worked in Haughton's Factory for fourteen years, located on Greenpark Road, Joan, from Little Bray, says her days were some of the best of her life.

'Oh God yeah I loved it, I really loved it...It was hard work, but it was work you enjoyed. The girls you worked with were great, and the supervisor was always very fair,' says Joan.

Joan's stories, along with those of six other local women, have formed the backdrop for a new play due to open this Friday, June 9, for one night only.

Industrial Yarns is based on, and inspired by, the writings and stories of older people in the community.

Set against the backdrop of 1960's Ireland, its focus is on working life, especially the women who worked under tough conditions but the stories told were generally positive, with the ladies remembering the strong sense of community prevalent at the time.

Under the directorship of Shadow Box Theatre Company's Gemma Gallagher, the aim of the play to develop an entirely new production, building on the company's increasing interest and experience in developing a distinct performance language in response to specific stories of older people.

'The play is centred around 6 or 7 stories that we would have been told by people over the years about industrial life, so the play, I suppose, would be our response to that,' says Gemma.

Tickets for the production are available by contacting Frieda Hand at Shadow Box, on (01) 2011072/276509, or by emailing

Tickets are priced at e18 and e16.