Nasturtiums and Cherry Buns
Other Plays by Miriam Gallagher
Gallagher, Miriam (Irish playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 1940-____), “Nasturtiums and Cherry Buns,”
a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a city centre café, a working day's duration, 2003,
© 2003 by Miriam Gallagher;
• in Miriam Gallagher’s Nasturtiums and Cherry Buns (Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland: The Author, 2003);
• script/rights available from Miriam Gallagher, 53, Upper Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.miriamgallagher.ie, telephone 353-1-4976880, fax 353-1-4976880.
• Cited by Miriam Gallagher via ftp December 15, 2003; Gallagher says,
Chloe (f), 22, chirpy girl; Assumpta (f), 45, neat but anxious nun; Bridie (f), 55, down at heel, lively woman.
“Chloe addresses audience with lively chat as she sets up café for her second day in the job. Assumpta enters and keeps aloof, but when Chloe goes to get cherry buns, Assumpta speaks her thoughts aloud re her past life, her 'illegitimate baby' whom she longs for. Bridie lumbers in wheezing and starts to entice Assumpta with colourful tales re her dead dog, the hostel she was thrown out of, and other spicy details of life on the street. Assumpta feels sorry for her and gives her the cherry buns only to discover that Chloe is accusing Bridie of stealing the buns. Chloe could be Assumpta's ‘lost’ child. A lively struggle among all the women causes hilarious misunderstandings. Assumpta chases offstage after Bridie, who has stolen her shopping while Chloe suddenly realises that the ‘nun’ with the cherry buns could be her mother.
• “Simple to stage. Café can be suggested by tables, chairs. No scene change.
• “Awaiting premiere.
• “Chloe was reared in Australia by her Irish Gran but needn't have a very strong Australian accent. The other women are Irish. The age groups of characters are not rigid. The main thing is that Assumpta should appear old enough to be Chloe's mother.
• Miriam Gallagher’s biography is available at http://www.miriamgallagher.ie: “Miriam Gallagher is an Irish author, playwright and screenwriter. Her work has been staged & screened in Ireland, Europe, USA & Canada and translated into Irish, Dutch, French, Finnish and Russian. Her plays are published: Fancy Footwork (Dublin, Soc. Irish Playwrights, 1997, 2nd Edition); Kalahari Blues & Other Plays (Dublin, Mirage, 2006) and The Gold of Tradaree and Other Plays (Dublin, Mirage, 2008) Her novel Song for Salamander was published in 2004 (Trafford, Canada) and launched at the United Arts Club, Dublin by Macdara Woods, a leading Irish poet who called it 'A paradigm for ; our times.' Her short stories are published in several anthologies of Irish writing followed by a book, Pusakis at Paros and Other Stories (2008, Trafford, Canada) Her film Gypsies had screenings in Ireland, UK, New York, San Francisco and at International Children's Film Festival, Hyderabad, India. She received Arts Council & European Script Fund awards for Girls in Silk Kimonos (feature length screenplay celebrating Constance & Eva Gore Booth) Other awards include MHA TV Script Award for Kevin, EU Theatre award, a Writer's Exchange to Finland and recently The Parting Glass was an international prizewinner of the 'Near & Far' Playwrighting Contest (USA). Miriam has served on the committees of Irish PEN, Irish Writers Union, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Society of Irish Playwrights and as a judge for the O.Z. Whitehead Play Competition. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Dublin, Galway, Athens, New York, Boston and Pretoria. Her Mss are in the National Library and film work in the Irish Film Archive.”
• 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.
• Page mounted December 17, 2003, and updated December 18, 2003, December 8, 2008, by the Webmaster.
adoption, Irish, single motherhood.
Page mounted December 17, 2003, and updated December 18, 2003, February 21, 2008, by the Webmaster.