Welcome to Primrose Square… At number eighteen, there’s Susan – an ordinary woman dealing with the unimaginable, while her teenage daughter Melissa desperately tries to keep the family together. Next door we have sixty-something Jayne, who’s found love again – or has she?
A visit to Primrose Square provides us with tears, laughter and gossip in equal proportions.
At number eighteen, there’s Susan, who spends her nights standing out on the street in pitch darkness outside an eighteen-year-old boy’s home, staring, just staring up at his bedroom window. She’s no deranged stalker though. She’s just an ordinary woman dealing with the unimaginable the only way she knows how.
Then there’s her daughter Melissa, fourteen years of age and desperately trying to keep up some semblance of normality at home. But with her mother acting like a crazy lady and the bitchiness of the bullies in school, what chance has she?
Right next door is Jayne, sixty-something years young, Pollyanna-positive and determined to squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of life. Normally she takes a kind, almost grandmotherly care of young Melissa, but as the play opens, she
has other matters on her mind.
‘I’ve got news,’ she tells her son Jason and his awful wife, over a family dinner. ‘Big news.’ She’s all excited and hopes they’ll be happy for her. They’re not though. Jayne drops the bombshell and the ensuing row can be heard from the far side of the Square. But she holds firm. Because you’re never too old to start really living, now are you?
The Secret of Primrose Square interwoven stories based on a simple quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. ‘A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.’
Written by Claudia Carroll
Directed by Mark Lambert
Starring Megan McDonnell, Clelia Murphy, Marion O’Dwyer
Design by Kate Moylan
Lighting by Suzie Cummins
Sound by Fiona Sheil
Staged at Draiocht Arts Centre
This project has been part-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport & Mediafrom the Live Performance Support Scheme