With apologies to the Bard, my latest play is based on one of his most celebrated monologues. You may not remember that the speech comes from As You Like It, but you may recall its most famous first line: ‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players…’
To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t panic! You don’t have to know your Shakespeare to enjoy or understand this play. It features a middle-aged everymam reminiscing on her life and how its phases were defined by changes in identity – becoming a wife, becoming a mother, becoming a… I don’t want to give away too much!
This play was inspired by another of mine called You Have It All Backwards. Bringing this one to life is the same actor who brought such an energy in Backwards that left audiences (and me) in utter awe at her physical and emotional performance. You will know Pauline O’Driscoll from stage and TV. She appeared with Pat Shortt on the IFTA-nominated drama series Smalltown. Seven Ages is directed by renowned drama teacher Tom Kibbe. The play will premiere at the CAT Theatre in Cork and run from July 11-14, 2018.
You can read the full soliloquy by the Stratford scribbler here.
Exit, pursued by a beer… [sic!]