DOI: 10.5040/9781784603137.00000002
Roles: Male (1) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Deirdre Kinahan's play Spinning is a contemporary tragedy set in small-town Ireland. It was first produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company in Smock Alley Theatre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, on 3 October 2014.

The play is set in a small seaside town in Ireland in 2014. In the opening scene, set in a cafe, Conor (aged 42) is excoriated by a despondent woman, Susan (aged 44), for killing her daughter, Annie. Over three unfolding timelines the play details the events that led to the death of the teenager four years previously. The tale emerges of Conor’s unhappy marriage to Jen, their subsequent squabbling over their young daughter, and the estranged husband’s flight with the girl to a small seaside town. There he meets Annie, a lively but insecure teen pining for the father she never knew, and they form a fateful bond.

The Fishamble production was directed by Jim Culleton and designed by Sabine Dargent. The cast was Karl Shiels, Fiona Bell, Janet Moran and Caitriona Ennis.

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Nick Hern Books

Deirdre Kinahan

ISBN: 9781848424319

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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