Deirdre Kinahan's play Halcyon Days is a bittersweet drama set in a nursing home, celebrating friendship and the human spirit. It was first performed in preview at the Solstice Arts Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland, on 4 October 2012. The production received its Irish premiere at Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival on 10 October 2012.
The play was developed and expanded from an earlier short play, Salad Day, separately published by Nick Hern Books in the volume Irish Shorts (2013).
It is set in a nursing-home in Dublin. Sean Ceabhruill (aged 72) is an actor stricken by dementia and a stoic acceptance that his life is over. But when he's joined by former-teacher Patricia Whelan (aged 67), a feisty woman with a zest for life and a refusal to relinquish her independence, an unforeseen relationship develops, by turns charming and combative, tender and funny.
The premiere production was directed by David Horan and designed by Maree Kearns, with Anita Reeves as Patricia Whelan and Stephen Brennan as Sean Ceabhruill.
The production was revived under a new title, These Halcyon Days, at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, in August 2013 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First Award.