DOI: 10.5040/9781784605223.00000002
Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (2) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Deirdre Kinahan's play Rathmines Road is a drama about a woman's private torment in the long aftermath of sexual assault. It was previewed at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival on 4 October 2018, before opening at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on the Peacock Stage, on 9 October 2018, produced by Fishamble and the Abbey Theatre.

The play is ostensibly set over the course of a single evening in the present (2018). Sandra has returned to her family home after her mother's death, with the intention of selling the house. She is joined there by Dairne, an old friend she has not met in years, and who has since transitioned from male to female. When another school friend, estate agent Linda, arrives with her jovial husband, Eddie, Sandra recognises him as the person who sexually assaulted her in a house on Dublin's Rathmines Road in 1993, twenty-five years ago. The play's action begins to fragment, leaping back in stages and hopping between alternative paths. Should Sandra confront her attacker or flee? What are the consequences of making an accusation? Is it enough to tell the truth?

The premiere production was directed by Jim Culleton with set and costume design by Maree Kearns. It was performed by Karen Ardiff (as Sandra), Charlie Bonner, Janet Moran, Enda Oates and Rebecca Root.

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Nick Hern Books

Deirdre Kinahan

ISBN: 9781848427778

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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