Award-Winning Play ‘Grenades’ comes to Nenagh

Tara McKevitt’s play ‘Grenades’ was originally produced as a radio play after winning the PJ O’Connor Drama Awards and now is presented as a one-hander at Nenagh Arts Centre at 8 p.m. on Saturday 23rd April

As she waits in a prison, the play’s protagonist Nuala Kelly, played by Emma O’Grady, weaves together significant memories from her childhood, relaying them to the audience in an enthralling, heart-wrenching monologue. Set in Northern Ireland during the 70s and 80s, this work dramatises the immense impact outside events on the insular world of a child. The writing sensitively captures youthful innocence confronted by the dark world that exists about her.

The play is presented by Mephisto Theatre Company and directed by Caroline Lynch. As well as performing the main role of Nuala, Emma O’Grady presents the childlike caricatures of the people that make up her world – her Grandad, her classmate Elaine and her teacher Sister Mary. Many of these impersonations imbue the early scenes with endearing comedy, before the drama ventures into darker territory. However this is not another play about the Troubles, but an evocative piece on survival in difficult times.

Tickets are available from Nenagh Arts Centre on 067 34900, online at or in person at the Arts Centre’s reception in
Banba Square

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