Iso­la­tion the theme of Hawk’s Well play

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By JES­SICA FARRY

Cal­lBack The­atre will re­turn to the Hawk’s Well to­mor­row ( Wed­nes­day) with their new play, ‘Janey Dil­lis, Queen of the Wild In­ter...ior’.

Writ­ten and di­rected by John Sheehy and per­formed by Cora Fen­ton, the play cen­tres on the char­ac­ter of Janey, who hasn’t left her house in twenty-five years.

No one has even set foot in­side her house in twenty years which up till now has been just the way she likes it. The au­di­ence will be the first peo­ple to meet Janey in all this time.

As her sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lates, Janey is forced to ques­tion her way of life and deals with her predica­ment through her wild imag­i­na­tion.

She is prone to fan­tas­ti­cal flights of fantasy that re­veal much of her in­ner self and the wider world that has caused her to be­come trapped.

Cal­lBack The­atre’s last show, Fred & Alice was awarded a seven week Tour­ing and Dis­sem­i­na­tion Grant by the Arts Coun­cil and was highly ac­claimed by au­di­ences and crit­ics alike.

Fred & Alice was thor­oughly en­joyed by the Hawk’s Well The­atre au­di­ence.

John Sheehy ex­plains the plot of the play: “It’s ba­si­cally about a woman who has not left her house for 25 years. No-one has set foot in her house for 20 years. She’s quite happy about that. But then there’s a snow storm and there’s a com­plete power cut so she starts to re­alise that her food sup­ply is run­ning low.

“Things are start­ing to get se­ri­ous for her then,” he told The Sligo Cham­pion.

It might sound a bit dark, but the play is full of hu­mour too.

“So she’s in­vented char­ac­ters in her head and with a cri­sis loom­ing they stop agree­ing with her.”

He has drawn in­spi­ra­tion from his own ex­pe­ri­ences to write this play.

“I sup­pose I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ters. I’m from a ru­ral area in Co. Lim­er­ick so I have seen it all be­fore.

“I’m at an age now where I’ve seen a lot of change. When I was younger it was all about get­ting out of the house to play and we loved be­ing out­side. But now there’s a dif­fer­ent kind of iso­la­tion go­ing on.

“Peo­ple are in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple online but not so much out­side or get­ting out and about. Kids are play­ing on iPads and you see it all the time.

“That’s sort of what hap­pened Janey. She uses the in­ter­net and uses online shop­ping to get all of her food and ev­ery­thing.”

The re­ac­tion to ‘Janey Dil­lis’ has been hugely pos­i­tive, with au­di­ences around the coun­try en­joy­ing Cora Fen­ton’s per­for­mance.

“The re­ac­tion has been great. We’ve got a re­ally pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to the play,” said John.

“We’ve been in the Hawk’s Well be­fore and it’s just a lovely the­atre. We al­ways have great fun in Sligo.”

Tick­ets are €15 and €7.50 for un­der 18s from the Box Of­fice on 0719161518 or www. hawk­swell.com.

Cora Fen­ton as Janey Dil­lis.

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