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Blood in the Alley Theatre Company presents

The Empty Nest

Wed 29 May, 2024,
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Date Wed 29 May, 2024, 8pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
Price €18/16 conc.
A photograph of two actors: A man sitting in a chair and looking shocked and a woman leaning over his shoulder, smiling.

Tony and Sheila are watching television... again. Their children are reared and their grandchildren are invading their lives. Sheila wants to travel; Tony is determined to stay put. Tony is on a new diet; Sheila could cut you in two with a sharp comment. All that's on the television is sex... and they can’t remember when they did it last!

Oisín Flores Sweeney’s debut play is an hilarious piece of theatre that looks at how couples negotiate life after the kids leave, their dreams, disappointments, longings and uncompromising opinions on everything - Gogglebox on speed!

'The Empty Nest' debuted at Smock Alley as a work-in-progress as part of the Scene + Heard Festival of New Work last year, before embarking on sellout runs at Cork Arts Theatre and The Viking Theatre in Dublin. It now comes to Sligo as part of a national tour in 2024. Directed by Geoff Gould, it stars Irish Times Theatre Award nominee Seamus O’Rourke (Lakelands), alongside established actor and director Joan Sheehy (An Cailín Ciúin).

- 'hugely funny, uncomfortably accurate, and comedically sharp'

- 'This wonderful little comedy is a perfect match of humour and heart'


- 'The humanity of this pair is winning and inviting'


- 'a gentle exploration of a marriage as it continues into its maturity... makes for an enjoyable evening'

Running Time: 50 minutes

Suitability: 15+ years of age


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