WRITTEN BY JANE COYLE
DIRECTED BY DAVID GRANT
Following its successful rehearsed reading of After Melissa at HomePlace last year, we are delighted to welcome Powerstone back to The Helicon with a fully staged production of this moving and emotional play.
Eamon Quiery, a writer and poet from Donegal, returns to his home place, bringing with him an introverted orphaned child. He is engaged in writing a memoir of the years he spent in the Egyptian port of Alexandria and his tangled relationships with its exotic, cosmopolitan residents. Ever present in his memory and imagination are the shades of two women - the wealthy, enigmatic Justine and the nightclub dancer Melissa - both of whom he loved in different ways.
The play is inspired by Justine, the first book of The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, widely regarded as one of the great novels of the 20th century. The storyline sets the complex experiences of homecoming and family against a swirling maze of human encounters in a faraway city described as 'the great winepress of love'.
Cast: Ruairi Conaghan, Caitriona Hinds, Sanja Nović, Emily Bagnall and Fadl Mustapha.
The performance will be followed by an audience discussion, picking up on themes from the play.