Abbie Spallen's Pumpgirl returns to Galway

Internationally acclaimed show comes to the city for only the second time

Jolene O’Hara as Pumpgirl in Abbie Spallen's play of thee same name.

Jolene O’Hara as Pumpgirl in Abbie Spallen's play of thee same name.

PUMPGIRL IS a turbo-charged race through diesel fumes and country music in the boggy border regions of County Armagh, and a journey into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three damaged characters.

Pumpgirl, written by Abbie Spallen, will be staged by Decadent Theatre Company in the Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday May 14 at 8pm. It is directed by Andrew Flynn and the cast is Jolene O’Hara (Pumpgirl ), Patrick Ryan (Hammie ), and Seona Tully (Sinead ).

Speaking about the play, Spallen said: “I live in Newry. I spend my days in a rural area, the same back roads in which the play is set. I also know how the play is received in those areas. I have sat in the audience, listened to people talking during the interval, and after the show. They took pride in the play, a sense of ownership."

Pumpgirl has been staged on Broadway, in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Finland, Chicago, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Spallen is a winner of the Blackburn Prize, the Stewart Parker Award, the Dublin Corporation Bursary for Literature, and the Windham Campbell Prize for literary achievement from Yale University.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre (091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ).

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