Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Until July 15th 8pm ¤14-¤18 abbeytheatre.ie
For a cemetery, the Père Lachaise in Paris can be a lively place. This is where Oscar Wilde is buried, where Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison all came to rest. It is also one of the inspirations behind Forever, a one-woman play by Dael Orlandersmith, which debuted in Los Angeles in 2014, moving soon after to New York, the city of Orlandersmith’s birth. A poet and actor from East Harlem, whose work often focuses on the tangled inheritance of family, Orlandersmith gives a semi-autobiographical account of her troubled relationship with her mother. There is an Irish connection that the play reveals, which may resonate during its short commitment at the Peacock.