A short play from writer Elaine Murphy, which was originally staged as part of The Fairer Sex play-reading series at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2009. Ribbons was subsequently given a full production in a double bill with Nancy Harris’ Love in a Glass Jar at the Abbey Theatre in 2013.
Glenda has invited her estranged son, Lewis, over for dinner. After little contact for five years, Glenda has some big news to impart to her son. However, Lewis wants answers to questions that his mother can’t explain. It seems both parent and child have been concealing their true identities – and find it hard to cope when everything starts to unravel.
Ribbons was written the year after Murphy’s smash-hit play Little Gem had premiered and cemented her status as one of Ireland’s strongest new playwrighting talents.