Passionate production - there’s life in the old cat yet

Theatre: By the Bog of Cats By Marina Carr. Directed by Selina Cartmell. Abbey Theatre. Until September 12. Rating: ****.

21st August, 2015
Susan Lynch in By the Bog of Cats at the Abbey Theatre

On the Bog of Cats, nobody gets more than one life. The tormented Traveller woman Hester Swane (Susan Lynch) enters this bleak landscape carrying the corpse of a black swan, which she declares has been one of her best friends since childhood. The next person she encounters is a moustachioed singing cowboy, who announces himself as the Ghost Fancier (David Shannon) and warns that she too should prepare to meet her maker.

Hester, however, is...

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