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Friday 20 October 2017

Powerful drama 'Portia Coughlan' in the Wexford Arts Centre

By Sara Gahan

1 PORTIA COUGHLAN: Wexford Drama Group present powerful drama 'Portia Coughlan' on February 17 in the Wexford Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Written by Marina Carr and directed by Paul Walsh, Portia Coughlan is a tragedy play set in Ireland in the 1990s. Portia appears to have everything she could ever want, but she would willingly give it all up for a glimpse of her dead twin brother Gabriel, who drowned on their fifteenth birthday. The play documents the final two days of Portia's struggle with this event, which has dominated her life. It is a human story, which we can all identify with on some level. We see dysfunction within the family, the bickering amongst the strong female characters, the snide remarks and the whispering words, which float around this small parish. Although the theme of the play is a dark one, it is far from tame. With foul and cruel insults being fired out, rage building to moments of violence and some waltzing and flirting happening in the local pub, this is a play with a strong storyline, strong characters and strong emotions. Tickets cost €14, for more information call the Arts Centre on, 053 9123764.

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