Portia Coughlan

  • date Friday, 11 March, 2016
  • group Thurles Drama Group
  • author Marina Carr
  • category Open
  • age adults only

Haunted by the singing ghost of her dear twin brother fifteen years previously, Portia Coughlan remains at odds with the world around her.  She is on the road to self-destruction.  Portia despises her husband Raphael and is not a natural mother to her three young children whom she cannot trust herself to care for.  She feels the life being sucked form her by her dysfunctional family and the society that she lives in.

The play is set in the Irish Midlands in the 1990’s and is populated by uncivilised characters.  Portia’s sexually charged relationships leave her cold.  Her life has been rendered incomplete by her twin’s drowning in the local Belmont River and she is consequently obsessed with him.  A figure of mythic force, Portia drinks too much and displays the hallmarks of depression.

The play is a study of Portia Coughlan’s severe disturbance.  It highlights the “unhappy, unholy family” in the process of tearing itself to pieces.  It is a brutal and passionate drama of family relationships, damaged people and personal disintegration.

Thurles Drama Group

Thurles Drama Group has been competing on the festival circuit since 1987.  They have reached the All-Ireland finals in Athlone on numerous occasions: “Prisioner of Second Avenue” by Neil Simon (1988); “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” by Frank McGuinness (1997); “Faith Healer” by Brian Friel (1998); “The Enemy Within” by Brian Friel (2003); “The Seafarer” by Conor McPhearson (2012); “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller (2013); “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller (2014).  As well as a festival production, the group presents an Autumn play in November and a soiree of theatre pieces in May at the Source Arts Centre in Thurles.

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