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The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness

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September 1, 2023 @ 2:30 pm

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How will history remember you? As the person you are, or as the person you want to be?

The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness is 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, a reluctant nurse, is on her way from Dublin to London. Newly recruited for the British war effort, she 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?

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

“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

“This is a beautifully written and well-crafted story by Joshua King, performed brilliantly by actress and comedian Jasmin Gleeson” ★★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

Duration : approximately 90 minutes straight through.
After a brief interval there will be a Q&A in the bar with actor and writer for those who would like to stay on.
Recommended age : 12+

The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness
Moon Rabbit Theatre
Friday 1 September : 2.30pm
Tickets : £13.50

Winter 2023

Moss Park, Ravenstone, Whithorn
Venue Details
The Swallow Theatre, Moss Park
Ravenstone, Whithorn, DG8 8DR
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01 September 2023
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2:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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