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Caroline Burns Cooke

And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet


A darkly comic take on a time when “the most dangerous place to be in Irish history was within the mother’s womb” (Bishop Joseph Cassidy), And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet is an award-winning (Argus Angel for Outstanding Theatre, Brighton Festival 2016), solo show written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke (Best Actress ECU European Independent festival for Myra). It is inspired by the Kerry Babies scandal of 1984, when a young Kerry woman was falsely accused of murdering her baby and subsequently vilified for her immorality and tormented by the powerful forces of State and Church.

'Since its debut in 2016 - my great desire is to bring my show, which thankfully has been exceptionally well received in the UK in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Brighton , Buxton, Morecambe and more - to Ireland. With my upbringing in “Co. Kilburn” to a Fermanagh mother, Babs Burns, and a Sligo daddy, Jim Cooke of Tubbercurry, and the fear-of-God Irish Catholic community I was raised in, I would never have the intense knowledge of, and interest in this, and many other, dreadful tales of babies lost, abandoned, denied, culminating in the miscarriage of justice which sums up all that was rotten in the state of Kerry and lives of girls and women at that time in Eire. By creating and performing the voices of the whole village of Abbeydorney, Tralee, I’m proud to bring my take on this tale to my late father’s town. It’s a great privilege.' - Caroline Burns Cooke


'Moving, thought-provoking show which leavens tragedy with sharp observational humour '- The Stage
'Powerfully moving' - The Scotsman.
'The rate at which Burns Cooke brings you to both laughter and tears is staggering' - Broadway Baby 5*
'Funny, life affirming, dark, enthralling and unremittingly entertaining' - The Argus 5*