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Sunday 22 September 2019

Woman in Black a dark success

Madeline Breen, Aisling Williams, Karen Franklin and Roisin Williams at Blackstairs Mountain
Madeline Breen, Aisling Williams, Karen Franklin and Roisin Williams at Blackstairs Mountain

Brendan Keane

The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy provided the venue for the première of a new play recently and it proved to be a great success.

'Woman in Black' is a dark comedy from the pen of local actor, Nic Furlong.

It was staged by Jimmy Kavanagh and Blackstairs Mountain Theatre and the official opening was undertaken by renowned Wexford actor, musician and playwright, Billy Roche.

The story was based in Enniscorthy and set in the present day. It told the story of a republican bar man named Frank Maher who is in the midst of an affair with an older, married woman named Denise Dobbs who refused to leave her husband, Tom, for reasons unknown.

The story also featured an alcoholic local garda character who was more of a pest than anything else.

A significant aspect of the work was that while on the surface it was a dark comedy, it focussed attention on a number of different aspects of the human psyche and for that Furlong should be commended.

They say art imitates life but in the case of Woman in Black it was perhaps a case of the playwright getting to grips with the undercurrent of life in rural Ireland and everything that goes with it.

With unexpected twists and turns the play invoked a great response from the audience and the overall quality of the performance was a testament to the professionalism of everyone involved.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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