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

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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