Rosaleen McDonagh

Plays by Rosaleen McDonagh

Mainstream

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

It’s that time of the year. A time that Eoin, Mary Anne and Jack all remember. Having grown up together in various care homes for the disabled, they now rely on each other in adulthood for support, friendship and love.

But when young film-maker Eleanor arrives, struggling with hidden issues and agendas of her own, to make a documentary about their lives together, the examination and attention she brings threatens to disrupt the long-term relationships and friendships at the heart of their group.Mainstream is a complex drama about truth, lies and the mainstreaming of Travellers with disabilities.

Rosaleen McDonagh is a playwright, academic and activist from Ireland. Rosaleen McDonagh worked in Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre for ten years, managing the VAW programme. She was involved in initiatives on Traveller women's issues – regarded as a leading feminist within the Traveller community. Theatre work includes Stuck, She's Not Mine, Rings. In preproduction – Mainstream and Protegee. Shortlisted for the P.J. O'Connor radio play Awards, 2010. Commissions for the Irish Times include a response to Channel 4's series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding; 'We want to be respected. We want to be protected ' - book review; and 'Traveller feuding is neither sport nor entertainment.' The Voice of the Traveller Magazine: 'Inertia' (April 2014); 'Blonde, blue-eyed, brave girl' (November 2013). Currently in development with RTE on Unsettled, a feature film. 2014 - 'Write to Play' Programme, in partnership with Soho Theatre, The Royal Court and The National Theatre of London, where her play Context, about the Ryan report, is in development. Rosaleen is also on student scholarship with Northumbria University, reading for a PhD titled 'An Exploration of the Relevance of the Affirmative Model in Relation to Traveller Identity.' 2015, teaching Gender and Race, Feminism from the Inside, in TCD M.Phil Racial and Ethnic Studies. Presently freelance researcher for Scratch Films Ltd, who are airing a documentary – working title 'Recompense: The Fallout from the Redress Board.'