Plays by Hilary Fannin

Doldrum Bay

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Doldrum Bay is a bittersweet comedy about the incongruous lives of people stranded by life.

As Magda comes to terms with her demanding father’s terminal illness, her husband Francis seduces a girl dressed as a mermaid with extracts from his Great Irish Novel. It is going to be a world-changing, filmic masterpiece on sex and faith, though he’s been so busy promoting it that he hasn’t written it yet. Their friend Chick has been commissioned to come up with an advertising campaign for the Christian Brothers: advertise God in seven words. Louise is pregnant, trying to keep her head above water. The play is a soul-searching satire on their loves and losses, and their marooned, forty-something lives.

Doldrum Bay premiered in 2003 at the Peacock Stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Hilary Fannin (b. 1962) worked for many years as an actress both on stage and in television. A founder member of Wet Paint Arts theatre company, her first play, Mackerel Sky, was performed at the Bush Theatre (1997). She has written two radio plays: Red Feathers, and Dear Exile, both broadcast by BBC Radio 4. Sleeping Around, co-written with Stephen Greenhorn, Abi Morgan and Mark Ravenhill, was produced by Paines Plough, London in 1998, while Red Ball, which was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre's Education and Outreach Department, was performed by the National Association of Youth Drama in 2004. Fannin was joint Writer-in-Association at the Abbey Theatre for the centenary year.