Thursday February 20, 2020

Nadine O’Regan On Michael Colgan

Bullying and the parable of the boiled frog

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
12th November, 2017
Michael Colgan. ‘It has been stated that his mood could turn on a dime: from withering contempt to jollity and laughter’ Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What comes to mind when I think of women in Irish theatre? I think of the boiled frog parable. You know it. A frog that is placed in a pot of cold water will remain there, while the water is gradually heated up, not realising that it’s in trouble until it’s boiled alive. The proverbial boiled frog is a useful metaphor for the kind of problem that creeps up on you so gradually that by...

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