EUGENE O’Brien’s acclaimed drama Eden comes to the Tullamore stage from Thursday December 6 to Saturday December 8, upstairs in Hugh Lynch’s.
The play, at times dramatic, devastatingly funny, heartbreaking and at all times completely engaging has received critical acclaim worldwide wherever it has played. The writer, Edenderry man Eugene O’Brien, featured in the recently screened ‘A Very Grand Experience’ and is well known for writing the hit series ‘Pure Mule’. Eugene O’Brien was an actor for ten years before writing Eden which premiered at the Peacock Theatre and then transferred upstairs to the Abbey main stage. It has been translated into many languages and performed in London’s West End, Europe and Canada, and in the US.
Now for the first time, ‘Eden’ comes to Tullamore, featuring an all Offaly cast of Diarmuid Guinan and Karen Martin as Billy and Breda and is directed by Tullamore man Paul Norton. The play is a disconcertingly realistic portrayal of the breakdown of a relationship. Billy and Breda have been married for seven years. They have two young children and nothing to say to each other.
He is enthralled by the sexual conquests of his best friend Tony; she is still besotted with her husband. Set in the Midlands, the play begins with Billy at a golf club function on Saturday. Breda is at home dreaming of the following night when she will go out on the town for the first time in ages and be escorted home again by her husband.
The audience follows Billy and Breda’s weekend, seen from their two, very different perspectives, as Billy pursues the object of his fantasies, Imelda Egan, oblivious to his wife’s desire to rekindle their relationship. Breda is lonely and blames herself for his flagging desire, but has “lost the weight” in a last, desperate attempt to revive their marriage.
Tullamore audiences will be familiar with Diarmuid Guinan, Karen Martin and Paul Norton from many musicals over the years, and with Paul Norton in the director’s chair this time, an unforgettable evening of drama awaits. Tickets priced at €12 are on sale now from Hugh Lynch’s and from 085 7819885, with a box office open in the Bridge Centre. Performances commence at 8pm sharp. All proceeds go to Colaiste Choilm India Immersion Project.