Left to Right: Ellie Keel (Founder and Director, Women’s Prize for Playwriting); Karis Kelly; Katie Posner (Co-Artistic Direct, Paines Plough).
It’s Eileen’s 90th birthday, and her neurotic daughter Gilly is fussing, trying to organise her impending party. Gilly hasn’t finished unpacking the shopping when her high-flying daughter Jenny arrives from London with her worryingly thin daughter Muireann in tow. That makes four generations of Gillespie women in one room, and you could cut the tension with a knife.
As the women prepare for a party that no one seems to want, the atmosphere turns decidedly sinister as deep-rooted recriminations and accusations fly out of the women like weapons. Obsessions and compulsions have spread through the lineage like poison.
This is a house full of hungry ghosts and there’s definitely a few skeletons in the closet…