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About The Spinning Heart

Directed and adapted for stage by Paul Brennan
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan 2011 speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. It captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation.

Everyone loves Bobby Mahon. Everyone that is, except his Da. Revered by his men on the building site, captain of the team that almost won the county final, loved by his wife, Triona, only Bobby himself knows the dark thoughts that prey on his mind, presaging tragic events to come.

One by one the colourful characters’ varied stories build a panorama of a foundering society, while a narrative thread running through their accounts unveils unexpected dramatic events, stealing out of dark, hidden corners.

The stage production preserves the original structure and narrative style of the book while highlighting, often with a scabrous humour, the toll in human terms of recent times in Ireland.
This show contains strong language and is recommended for audiences of 14+.