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Lally the Scut

Abbie Spallen
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The child’s down a hole, the mother’s up to high doh, the town’s up in arms and humanity’s down the drain.

Uproarious, occasionally macabre and always compelling, Lally the Scut draws a line in the mud for Northern Ireland.

They say the child was tempted down with toys and slices of teddy-bear ham.

Abbie Spallen’s Lally the Scut premiered at the MAC, Belfast, in a Tinderbox production in April 2015.

Critic Reviews

Ferocious agitprop comedy... Ideas, issues, metaphors and scathing gags pile up... nothing is off-limits... it is clear that Spallen, a playwright of intellect and ambition, is wholly serious in intent.


Abbie Spallen’s plays include Abeyance (Druid); Pumpgirl (Bush/Traverse/Manhattan Theatre Club), which won the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Stewart Parker Award and was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play; Strandline (Fishamble), which was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award; Bogwog (NPC at O’Neill Centre Connecticut); and Lally the Scut…

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