Opening night of ‘Little Gem’ to take place this weekend

Lorraine Harney, Anne Hoey and Leah Egan

Lorraine Harney, Anne Hoey and Leah Egan

Athlone Little Theatre will play host to Little Gem by Dublin playwright, Elaine Murphy for eight nights, beginning this weekend.

Running from Friday, November 17 to Friday, November 24, advance booking is strongly recommended.

The style of the play is that of interwoven monologues - giving us access to the emotional lives of its three female characters, Amber (daughter ), Lorraine (mother ) and Kay (grandmother ), who are each caught up in their individual struggles. This life-affirming jewel is a hugely resilient and optimistic love poem to the spirit of women from the marginalised, less privileged corners of our society.

The play gives us a glimpse into the generational and emotional gaps between these three authentic working class Dublin women. Although from the outset each character is clearly locked into their own world, towards the end of the play, somehow, the lives of these wonderfully complex characters are drawn together by stories of desire, uncertainty, copulation, betrayal, loss, birth and love.

Directed by Ollie Hegarty, the superb cast of Anne Hoey, Lorraine Harney and Leah Egan promise to deliver passionate, hilarious, and heart-warming performances, which befit this little gem.

Little Gem, by arrangement with Nick Hern Books, will run nightly at 8pm from Friday, November 17 to Friday, November 24 at Athlone Little Theatre, St Mary's Place, Athlone.

For online bookings see www.athlonelittletheatre.ie or phone (090 ) 6474324.

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