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The Hanging Gardens

By Frank McGuinness

Venue Abbey Theatre
Date 3 Oct - 12 Oct 
Duration 2 hrs 30 mins



Directed by Patrick Mason
Cast Cathy Belton, Barbara Brennan, Niall Buggy, Declan Conlon, Marty Rea
Set design Michael Pavelka
Lighting design Davy Cunningham
Costume design Joan O'Clery
Original music and arrangements Denis Clohessy

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"Now we have a family, a rivalry, a purpose."

 

The Hanging Gardens is an unflinching and familiar vision of the Irish family from Frank McGuinness, one of the country's most important playwrights.

 

A writer and his wife sit together in their garden. They are surrounded by a lifetime's work; their home, their gardens and their children. Rachael wants to be congratulated on her pregnancy, Maurice is struggling for his father's acceptance and Charlie needs his sacrifices to be acknowledged. A crisis has drawn this family together, but will their honesty pull them apart?

 

The Hanging Gardens is Frank McGuinness' first new play at the Abbey Theatre in 14 years, following the great success of his recent adaptations of John Gabriel Borkman and The Dead.

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