There Came a Gypsy Riding
The McKenna family convenes at their remote West Ireland holiday home to mark the 21st birthday of their late son Gene. Eccentric cousin Bridget appears along the causeway, inviting herself for birthday cake and conversation, and ready to expose a family secret. Even Margaret, the unstoppable mother, and Leo, the ever-calm father, can't hold things together in the face of an unexpected visit from the past.
There Came a Gypsy Riding premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in January 2007.
Frank McGunness's perceptive new play explores the divisive emotional legacy of suicide, as the baffled, guilty, angry survivors struggle to cope with their grief.
Everything in Frank McGuinness's new play is enjoyable, interesting and theatrical, and that goes for Michael Attenborough's production too... There Came a Gypsy Riding holds one's attention from first to last, now as sheer entertainment, now as psychologically acute drama about grief and loss.
In Irish drama the dead are always with us. From Yeats and Synge to McPherson and McDonagh, you find a procession of corpses who obstinately refuse to lie down. And, although we never actually see the dead son who drives the action in Frank McGuinness's new play, his presence haunts every line of this elegantly written, exquisitely acted Michael Attenborough production.
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