Abbey play exposes Ireland's mistreatment of adopted children

This summer the Abbey Theatre will shine a light on Ireland’s failure to care for children adopted from Mother and Baby homes.

Postscript is the story of actor/playwright Noelle Brown, who was born in the Bessborough home in Cork in the 60s and adopted at 8 weeks old.

Running from 14-21 June on the Peacock stage, Postscript stars Noelle Brown and Bríd Ní Neachtain, recounting Brown’s journey to find her birth parents and uncover her true identity after Bessborough refused to hand her any documents.

Told through a series of letters from Noelle to her birth mother; her adoptive Aunt; and an uncooperative priest, Director Conor Hanratty and co-writers Noelle Brown and Michéle Forbes expose the barriers that adopted people face in Ireland.

Postscript has toured as far afield as Paris was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Bewley’s Little Gem Award in the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival.

Abbey directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray say:

‘We welcome Noelle Brown and Michéle Forbes to the Abbey with this important piece of work. Postscript may be even more relevant now, with the introduction of the Adoption Bill. Postscript shows the real impact these institutions have on the people who experience them, and will resonate with audiences around Ireland.’

Tickets priced €16 – €18 available from abbeytheatre.ie, with showtimes Mon – Sat 8pm, and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

 

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