Stage: McGuinness miniature opens boldly

The Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness. Directed by Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre, Dublin, until November 9. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

12th October, 2013
Niall Buggy in The Hanging Gardens.

The Hanging Gardens


Frank McGuinness is nothing if not audacious. The opening scene of his engrossing new play is a direct nod to one of English literature's most iconic moments, King Lear losing his mind on the heath. Sam Grant, a revered Donegal novelist sliding into dementia, sits on his garden chair like a throne in the middle of the night and embraces the rain while his pyjama-clad family plead with him to go inside.

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