The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness

date_range 31st August, 2023 - 1st September, 2023

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A comedic and poignant one-woman play inspired by the true stories of Irish nurses during World War Two.

It’s 1939 and Philomena McGuinness, newly recruited for the British war effort, finds herself facing the challenge of a lifetime. But it is not the blood, the bombs, or even the wise-cracking soldiers that make her question her place here. It’s the fact that she is not just a nurse, but a poet too.

Can someone live a life true to the poetry inside them when they are constantly being defined by their role in the war?

“Gleeson’s performance elevates from the captivating to the sublime … A deeply affecting performance, which does full justice to Joshua King’s masterpiece script” ★★★★★ The Wee Review

“If you leave this play feeling anything other than touched and inspired, then you are probably not breathing” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Tickets : £13.50
Recommended age : 12+
19:30 to 21:00 - Thursday 31st August
14:30 to 16:00 - Friday 1st September
Swallow Theatre
Moss Park