adapted by Deirdre Kinahan
Deirdre Kinahan's play The Unmanageable Sisters is a version of Michel Tremblay’s 1968 Québécoise comedy, Les Belles-Soeurs, translating the action to 1970s Dublin. It was first performed on 1 March 2018 at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
The play is set in a flat in Ballymun, Dublin, in 1974. The matriarchal Ger Lawless has just won a million Green Shield Stamps, and has invited fifteen friends round to help her fill up her stamp books. As the night passes and the books are filled, the women clash over bitter resentments and deeply entrenched, generational differences over how a woman should live.
The Abbey Theatre production was directed by Graham McLaren with set design by Colin Richmond. It was performed by Karen Ardiff, Clare Barrett, Charlotte Bradley, Catherine Byrne, Rachael Dowling, Tina Kellegher, Lisa Lambe, Sarah Madigan, Clare Monnelly, Máire Ní Ghráinne, Mary O’Driscoll, Marion O’Dwyer (as Ger Lawless), Rynagh O’Grady, Caoimhe O’Malley and Catherine Walsh, with additional voices by Owen Roe.