Dublin Theatre Festival

Abbey Theatre

The Shape of Metal

By Thomas Kilroy

Venue Abbey Theatre

Directed by Lynne Parker
Designed by John Comiskey and Alan Farquharson
Lighting designed by John Comiskey
Cast Eleanor Methven, Justine Mitchell, Sara Kestleman

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Shape of Metal

Thomas Kilroy's powerful and provocative new play, The Shape Of Metal explores the life and work of a sculptor and her complex, and often difficult, relationship with her two daughters, Judith and Grace. On the eve of the opening of a permanent exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned sculptor Nell Jeffreys and her daughter Judith struggle to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of Grace, Judith's elder sister, who walked out of her mother's studio thirty years before.

The mystery of Grace's disappearance lies at the heart of Kilroy's challenging new play, and cruelly haunts both Judith's life and Nell's work until finally, through a cruel twist of fate, mother and daughter are forced to confront the events of the past, and exorcise its unquiet ghosts.

Kilroy has had a strong association with the Festival since the première of his play The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche at the 1968 Festival and more recently with The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde.

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