Elaine Murphy’s follow-up to her international hit Little Gem once again focuses on the female experience and, in particular, the highs and lows of female friendship.
It’s Breda’s birthday, but life’s not been going according to plan of late and she’s in no mood to celebrate. Her department at work is downsizing leaving her to reapply for her own job, her husband’s just left her for another woman and she’s too frightened to get on a plane to visit her only child, Colm. However, her friends Marie, Irene, Ursula and Marie’s daughter, Clare, have gate crashed and they’ve bought cava, Bacardi and a rather disgusting ‘health’ cake. As the night wears on however, Breda’s mask of faux happiness begins to slip. Shush develops Murphy’s authentic conversational style and is an insightful glimpse into the lives of five ordinary Irish women.
Shush was commissioned by and first performed on the main stage of the Abbey Theatre (the National Theatre of Ireland) in Dublin in 2013.