DOI: 10.5040/9781784600389.10000007
Roles: Male (2) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Enda Walsh's Sucking Dublin is an uncompromising short play about a group of five individuals tormented by a rape in claustrophobic, drug-infested Dublin. It was first performed by the Outreach Department of the Abbey Theatre at Basin Lane Youth Reach Centre in Dublin in 1997. It also played at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin, from 4 November 1997.

Little Lamb, Amanda, Steve, Lep and Fat are five young Dubliners unable to escape cyclical patterns of self-destruction: drugs, obesity, violence, rape and teenage pregnancy. Little Lamb is a teen mother desperately trying to carve out a worthwhile life for herself and her child, while her sister Amanda is trying to play happy house with her drug-dealing boyfriend Steve. Tying the five together, Little Lamb's love interest and father of her child Lep is an addict dependent on Steve. His overweight sister Fat is the only remaining member of his family. When Little Lamb is raped by the brutish Steve, the group's escalating troubles come to a head. Stifled by the city and the memories it holds for her, Little Lamb is driven to abandon her child and leave the country entirely.

The Abbey Theatre production was directed by Sarah Thornton and designed by Aedin Cosgrove. The cast was Jessica Brady, Lynda Gough, Paul Griffin, Aidan Kelly, Deirdre Molloy, Esther Mulligan, Anto Nolan, Morna Regan and Anton Stafford.

From Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin


Nick Hern Books

Enda Walsh

ISBN: 9781854593986

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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