Cotton Fingers (National Theatre of Wales)
May 29 2019 - May 31 2019
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National Theatre Wales are delighted to announce Dublin performances of Cotton Fingers, a timely, politically-charged production, written during the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in Ireland in 2018.
National Theatre Wales are delighted to announce the first Dublin performances of Cotton Fingers, written by award-winning writer Rachel Trezise and starring Northern Irish actor, Amy Molloy.
This timely, politically-charged production, written during the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in Ireland in 2018, will tour to the Samuel Beckett Theatre (Dublin) from 29 May until 31 May 2019, marking one year since the historic referendum took place. Further tour dates include Belfast (MAC, May 22, 23); Derry (Playhouse, May 24, 25); Bray (Mermaid, June 1).
Set in Belfast, Cotton Fingers tells the story of a young woman making the journey to Wales to access free NHS abortion care. Amy Molloy will perform in this bold, one-woman show about the cycles of secrecy and the power young women hold over their futures, directed by National Theatre Wales’ Associate Director, Julia Thomas.
Aoife is hungry and in need of something to do. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As Aoife’s boredom and hunger are satisfied by half an hour in Cillian’s bed, her life changes forever. Smart and funny, Aoife knows there’s more out there for her. She just doesn’t know what it is yet.
As social and political upheaval grips the country she loves, can Aoife regain control over her future?
Cotton Fingers was originally performed in west Wales, in venues close to the port town of Fishguard, where Irish ferries dock, in July 2018. It was one of five monologues or Love Letters to the National Health Service that formed part of National Theatre Wale’s NHS70 Festival, celebrating the Service’s 70th birthday.
Announcing the tour, National Theatre Wales’ Artistic Director, Kully Thiarai said: “We are very excited to be making our debut across the Irish Sea, bringing this funny, poignant but important production to audiences in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Marking a year since the historic referendum, Cotton Fingers highlights the stark differences between women's rights on either side of the border. It’s a fantastic work of snappy Welsh writing, made by an extraordinary trio of talented women.”
Amy Molloy is a stage and screen actor from Belfast. Stage credits include the acclaimed Abbey Theatre and Royal Court production of Cyprus Avenue, starring alongside Stephen Rea in Dublin, London, Belfast and New York (2016-2019), ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley by Pan Pan Theatre at Dublin Theatre Festival (2018) and the UK & Irish tour of the 20th Anniversary of Enda Walsh’s multi-award-winning play, Disco Pigs (2015-2016). Screen credits include BBC TV dramas The Fall and Call the Midwife (BBC) and the acclaimed, Troubles-set thriller ’71 (Warp Films).
Rachel Trezise is an award-winning writer, born in south Wales. Rachel was voted New Face of Literature (2003) by Harpers & Queen magazine. Literature credits include the Dylan Thomas Prize for Fresh Apples (2006) and the Orange Futures List for In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl (2002).