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Gallagher, Miriam (Irish playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 1940-____), “Kalahari Blues,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a run-down big house in an Irish town, day, 2001,

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; • © 2001 by Miriam Gallagher; • in Miriam Gallagher’s Kalahari Blues (Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland: The Author, 2001); • 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 16, 2003; Gallagher says,

§ Dramatis Personae Liam (m), 35, a dishevelled would be writer; Jason (m), 35, smooth Webmaster, garrulous, shady; Sam (f), 38, Jason’s sophisticated, business partner, tough; Afric (f), 33, bright, artistic sculptor, adventurous.

§ Synopsis “Liam, a dishevelled would-be author, is writing his life's work Kalahari Blues in a run-down house where he is squatting. Enter Afric, a sculptor who informs him that she is moving in. As they argue, enter Jason, who informs them that the house is earmarked by rightmove@dreamsite.com to become the latest dream machine on the World Wide Web. What follows is a romp through the vagaries of the WWW world with Sam, Jason’s partner, pulling the strings as the WWW world becomes too real for comfort. Somewhat surreal in an entertaining and ironic way. Both WWW characters destroy the Web they have created and are forced to leave the house to Afric and Liam. An image of Liam's dream lingers.

§ Comment “One scene. Scope for director. Scope for the surreal/ lighting/dance/music. Possibility for introducing image of Kalahari tribesmen (imagined). • Premiered 2001. • ‘Lighthearted fun'—Rté Review. ‘An evening of good humoured entertainment.’—Irish Times. • Appeals to all ages, particularly audiences (19-25). • 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 “Art versus commerce, dream, Internet, World Wide Web (its dangers and excitement).



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
  • "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)
  • "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)

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