The Whispering Chair tells the story of a modern marriage twisted and torn by the dark family history of the War of Independence: what was done, by whom, and not spoken about.
Maud lives with her grandmother Aggie’s values, views, hidden resentments, and it is destroying her marriage. Through the renovation of a throw-away chair, Maud’s husband Con comes to fully understand his wife is unknowingly living through the dark shadow of her grandmother, and what Aggie felt forced to do during The War. The old woman from the past has shaped the modern woman and poisoned her. Can either survive?
The Whispering Chair is deeply engaged with our history, The War of Independence and its legacy. It focusses on intergenerational trauma, the role of women in Ireland and marriage.
Lovett’s text is rural, poetic, funny and new. It is performed by two actors, Catriona Williams and Naoise Dunbar, in an intimate, specially created setting with a minimalist, cutting-edge design.
Directed by award-winning actor Bryan Burroughs, this sleek, fast-paced production promises to be darkly comic, gripping and will highly appeal to students and general audiences alike.
Funded by: The Arts Council, Creative Ireland & Cavan County Council.