#Ireland Abbie Spallen (playwright)
- Author: Abbie Spallen
- Title: Lally the Scut
- Premiered: Belfast’s Mac Theatre in April 2015
- Trivia: Winner of the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama
- The individual prize ($165.000) is among
- …the richest literary prize amounts in the world!
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- List of Plays Read… and Theatre Websites
- In the political satire…Lally the Scut
- a mother struggles to save her little boy
- …after he falls into a bog hole.
- The play follows Lallys journey going to one towns-person
- …to the next trying to find anybody
- …who will help her in her crisis.
- This task proves diﬃcult for many reasons.
- Her neighbors’ fear that digging up the ﬁelds
- …will uncover secrets from the Troubles.
Cast: 9 male actors – 3 female actors
- Mother: Lally (mid 20s), 7 months pregnant
- Father: Francis (…a bet, drink and a song…happy-go-lucky guy)
- Grandmothers: Rahab and Ellen
- Townsfolk, media persons, priest, politians
- Setting: outskirts of a Northern Irish border town
- Theme: conflict in Ireland …is not over!
- The play’s recurrent image of the child lost down a hole
- is a allegory for the island of Ireland’s uncertain future.
- The child’s down a hole.
- The town’s up in arms.
- I would not have understood the allegory
- …without having done some research.
- This play had so much potential.
- Act 1 was just a chaotic mess.
- Narratives from several characters do not intertwine
- …but clash. This reader was exasperated.
- Also I felt NO real urgency to save the child
- …only nonsensical histrionics by local baker, builder and
- …man with a golf club.
- To make matters worst Spallen insists on including
- ..an expletive-laden narrative.
- I can understand this writing style that is
- …dependant on the tone, genre and audience for the play.
- But…less is more.
- There must be another way to express rage.
- Act 2 did not improve.
- By the time we get to a mock-torture scene,
- shrugged off by a former terrorist
- …I had decided this is not for me.
- It is very political and somebody
- …more in tuned with the The Troubles
- the peace process in Northern Ireland
- may understand Abbie Spallen’s satire.
- I did not.
- I could not connect…and believe me I tried.
- I researched the play and playwright.
- My advice: read the play and form your own opinion.
3 Comments Post a comment
I really struggle to enjoy any play script – I can’t get it off the page when I read it. I find that I tend to enjoy reading a play AFTER I’ve seen it as I can then have image in my head! And also think the expletive ridden stuff works pretty well when you see it but on the page it always seems a bit tedious to me!
I’m sure this play would have been
a work that must be seen..instead of read.
There are so many characters for a 2 act play….I couldn’t really
grasp any of them!
Thanks for you comment, Col.