PHILO: a new play by Peter Sheridan

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Sean O'Casey Community Centre

18-26 NORTH

D03 AY74 Dublin

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Love comes when you least expect it

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PHILO is dyed in the wool inner city. Born and reared in Sheriff Street. Big mouth, big personality, big family, her life is one crisis after another. Sister Rosaleen, on the other hand, is shy and vulnerable, from a small town in rural Cork, who wants to devote herself to working for the poor.

They meet in the convent of the Little Flower. Philo works in the kitchen and Sister Rosaleen is technically her boss. Can Sister Rosaleen put up with the bad language that daily flows from Philo’s mouth? Can Philo contain herself and abide by the rules of the convent? Is this all going to end up in one mighty explosion that finishes the relationship for good? Or do miracles still happen?

Peter Sheridan tends to defy definition. From his pioneering work in the Project Arts Centre in the 1970s to his output as an actor, novelist, playwright and director of film and stage he is perhaps best-known as a chronicler of the extraordinary aspects of the lives of ordinary people. He’s also their champion.

Sheridan’s storytelling is founded in family and rooted in the characters he grew up with in Dublin’s north inner city, territory he explores once more in this latest drama: Philo. Which draws on Sheridan’s past themes of social injustice, juvenile crime, the impact of domestic violence and above all the dynamics of human relationships as they evolve in unexpected ways.

Philo is played by Neilí Conroy| Sister Rosaleen is played by Nichola MacEvilly

Directed by Peter Sheridan|Set and Costume Design by Florentina Burcea

Light Design by Conor McCague|Photograph by Kevin Newcomen

Production by Roisin Lonergan and the Five Lamps Arts Festival

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18-26 NORTH

D03 AY74 Dublin

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