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28/09/2021

Maeve Binchy play features during Laois Leaves Literary Festival

Adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s 2010 novel ‘Minding Frankie’ comes to the stage of the Dunamaise Arts Centre this Thursday.

Binchy's best on the stage

As part of the Leaves Literary Festival, a stage adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s 2010 novel ‘Minding Frankie’ comes to the stage of the Dunamaise Arts Centre this Thursday.

This is a family love story, full of Maeve Binchy's trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour.

Noel Lynch is struggling with an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child; she is also dying from cancer.

Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie.

Social worker, Moira, has other ideas, and is prepared to do battle for custody of the child.

In order to prevail, Noel must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes, and become the best mother that he can be.

Along the way, he discovers that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street. Adapted for the stage by Shay Linehan and directed by Peter Sheridan, ‘Minding Frankie’ stars Steve Blount and Clare Barrett.

The play stages at the Dunamaise this Thursday, November 10, at 8pm.

Tickets are still available from the box office, priced at €18/€16.

The play premiered as part of a celebration of Maeve’s life at Dalkey Castle during the 2013 Dalkey Book Festival.

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