On Saturday, January 11th the debut production of ‘Kitty in the Lane’ by Áine Ryan took place at The Source. The two act drama played to a packed house and was a sell-out show, intriguing audiences with a combination of dark and light humour, wit, tragedy and pathos.
The play introduces us to the boisterous Kitty, caring for her father in an isolated cottage down a remote lane in rural Ireland. On this particular night, Kitty is waiting for her boyfriend, Robert, to collect and escort her to the local beauty pageant in which her friend, the ambitious Salisha, is competing. As the evening unfolds and little show from Robert, we are educated on the woes and frolics of Kitty’s current personal and filial situation, still bearing the grief of her brother’s death and coping with an absent mother.
‘Kitty in the Lane’ will be staged once more at The Source later this spring - date to be confirmed.
Meanwhile Áine Ryan has been invited to perform ‘Kitty in the Lane’ at the Five Lamps Arts Festival in Dublin in April and in Collaborations Festival in Smock Alley Theatre at the end of February.
Others involved in the performance include the play’s director, Maureen Walsh. Emily Matthews was stage manager, David O’ Sullivan and Robbie Murphy did tech and the live music was performed by Cait Ryan and Ella Stapleton.
Áine is currently in rehearsals for another play, ‘Desolate Heaven’, which opens at The Everyman Theatre on February 3rd.
‘Desolate Heaven’ is a new play by Áilis Ni Riain. Here Irish playwright Ailís Ní Ríain explores the tumultuous adventure of two runaway teenagers. Contending with their impending adulthood, Sive (Áine Ryan) and Orlaith (Irene Kelleher) must also juggle the stress of caring for their invalid single parents. The girls have been denied ‘normal’ childhoods, instead their lives are a routine of administering medicines, running a household single-handed and being subjected to the bitter rants of their bedridden parent. A miserable state of affairs, that is until the gregarious Orlaith hatches a plan to run away and escape to ‘Heaven’.
Acclaimed Cork writer and composer Ní Ríain has been making waves in UK theatre for some while now, but her work has hitherto been rarely produced in her homeland (she is UK based). This haunting, chilling drama is a story of two young girls burdened with unnatural responsibility. They run away together and meet a bizarre trio of women on their journey. It is a story of falling in love, of fairytales, of feeling too deeply and having to grow up too soon.
The play was awarded the Tom Erdhardt Peggy Ramsay Award in 2012.
‘Desolate Heaven’ was premiered at London’s Theatre 503 in February 2013 and runs in Cork from February 3rd to February 8th. Tickets: www.everymancork.com.