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Gallagher, Miriam (Irish playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 1940-____), “The Sealwoman and the Fisher,” a 25-minute bare-stage play for dancers in English; also, translated into Erse (Irish Gaelic) by Margaret Birmingham, set in Sea Shore, Church, Fisher's house, day, moonlit night, 1984,

1m1f (+ chorus 1m2f, dancer)

; • © 1984 by Miriam Gallagher; • in Miriam Gallagher’s Fancy Footwork: Selected Plays by Miriam Gallagher (Society of Irish Playwrights [formerly The Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters' Guild], 1991, 1997), ISBN 0953820009, 13 plays including 5 with small cast, like 'Dreamkeeper' and The Sealwoman and the Fisher,'distributed through Internet Theatre Bookshop; • script/rights available from Miriam Gallagher, 53 Upper Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland, e-mail mirager@indigo.ie, telephone (home/work/fax) Dublin (01-4976880. • Cited by Miriam Gallagher via ftp December 15, 2003; Gallagher says,

§ Dramatis Personae Fisher (m), strong, handsome, dancer; Seal Woman (f), beautiful, sensuous dancer; Chorus (1 or more male or female monks); Sea (m), dancer of great presence who speaks only one line.

§ Synopsis “After silence, the sea sounds as Sea swirls in a dance. Chorus recounts the tale of the Fisher who has lost his soul in thrall to a sealwoman. Fisher enters and confesses his sin to the Monk(s). They are horrified as he confesses, and the whole tale unfolds as the Seal Woman emerges from the sea. She literally leads him a 'merry dance,' and soon they are romantically linked. He remembers his father’s father who was drowned and tries to resist the call of the waves but cannot resist her. She leaves a bundle at the edge of the foam, and as he holds his baby son in his arms, he vows never to leave her. As the monks despair, the Sea, all powerful, encircles the lovers into the depths.

§ Comment “Sea Shore, Church, Fisher's house (all suggested). Simple to stage. No scene changes. • Live music especially with bodrhan (drum) is very powerful. • Based on an old Scottish folk tale. • Premiered Dublin, 1984. Later productions in Newfoundland, Canada, and in California and other Irish productions. • 'A vivid imagination at the heart of the play'.—Irish Times.” • Miriam Gallagher, author and playwright studied drama in London (LAMDA) and later at Focus, Dublin's Stanislavski theatre. She has received theatre and filmscript awards, worked in professional, community and prison theatre and also performed and directed for stage and screen. Her plays are particularly popular with amateur drama groups. Published in Miriam Gallagher’s Fancy Footwork: Selected Plays by Miriam Gallagher (Society of Irish Playwrights [formerly The Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters’ Guild], 1991, 1997), ISBN 0953820009, 13 plays including 5 with small cast, like ‘Dreamkeeper’ and ‘The Sealwoman and the Fisher’). • The Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters' Guild, originally named the Society of Irish Playwrights or SIP, “was founded in 1969 to safeguard the rights of playwrights. However nowadays it is involved just as much in screenwriters' issues as well as stage dramatists. Originally based in Liberty Hall where it had it's own office and a fulltime administrator, the Guild is now based in the Irish Writers' Centre 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, and has access to the secretarial and admin staff who work there. At present the Guild is a totally voluntary organisation run for and by writers. The Guild is affiliated to SIPTU, is a member of the European Writers' Congress, and has close alliances with the International Affiliation of World Guilds. The Guild has a considerable influence on writers' contracts in Radio and TV and, to a lesser extent, in Theatre. The Guild runs regular courses for aspiring writers and administers the annual O.Z. Whitehead playwriting competition. The Guild has a member on the Abbey Board of Directors and has two members on the Board of the Irish Writers' Centre.”—Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, http://www.writerscentre.ie/IPSG.html, accessed December 15, 2003.

§ Themes dream, Irish, magic, seal.



See also Miriam Gallagher’s

  • "Bohemians," a 50-minute bare-stage comedic theatrical musical interlude in English, set in a soprano's mind, 1989 and 1800s, 2m1f
  • "Carolan's Cap," a 45-minute bare-stage interlude with music in English; also, translated into Finnish by Tiina Ripatti, set in a convivial 'Big House', evening as he takes his nightcap of ale, 1738, 1m (+ musicians)
  • "Dreamkeeper," a 25-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a wilderness, dawn-evening, 1984, 1m1f
  • "Kalahari Blues," a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a run-down big house in an Irish town, day, 2001, 2m2f
  • "Nasturtiums and Cherry Buns," a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a city centre café, a working day's duration, 2003, 3f
  • "Nocturne," a 45-minute bare-stage impressionistic theatrical musical interlude in English; also, translated into Russian by Sonya Polyaninkina, set in a salon, Russia, evening, 1987, 1m1f (+ pianist)

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