'Epic' live show inspired by the people of Blanchardstown opens next week

By Brian Dillon

A new show inspired by the spirit of Blanchardstown locals is set to open in The Draiocht Theatre on Wednesday, October 13.

The Visit, a one-woman show by Deirdre Kinahan, tells the story of Rose who had to live a life in coercive control with her late husband.

According to the show's only actor, Mary O'Driscoll, Rose is a character we all know. She could be an aunt, a sister or a mother.

The character was born out of Draiocht’s "ground breaking" project Home Theatre Ireland, which saw 30 leading playwrights and theatre makers spend time with 30 hosts. These hosts were people who lived in Dublin 15.

The result was a series of bespoke 20-minute plays inspired by the hosts and performed in their homes for family and friends.

The unique project led to the creation of The Visit, inspired by Deirdre's time with Dublin 15 resident Maureen Penrose. The play follows Rose on a journey of strength and realisation as she embarks on an adventure to reintroduce herself to her community and the world.

Mary O'Driscoll stars as Rose in The Visit in The Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown (Ste Murray)

Actress Mary, who you might recognise from her on-screen appearances in films such as Brooklyn (2015), The Bookshop (2017) and Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000), revealed to Dublin Live: "In essence, this story has its heart in Blanchardstown.

"We all know somebody like Rose. She's a very relatable, warm, funny and resilient character."

The Visit will bring audiences into Rose's world with singing, laughter, hurt, cowboy hats and cacti, according to producers.

Mary explains, "It's an epic story. I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to ruin the reveal. It's sweeping, engaging, delightful, magic and it's the voice of the people.

"That's what it feels like Deirdre has given us. A beautiful voice and a beautiful character who has suffered and is now coming to a moment of awakening and strength."

She adds, "I've done quite a few shows in this theatre such as The Buddha of Castleknock. There are always lovely audiences."

The Visit opens in Draiocht on Wednesday, October 13th and runs until Saturday, October 16th.

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