ÉALA productions Presents
by Elizabeth Moynihan
The play is set in a city 5 years from now, ruled by an Alt right government. Under their authoritarian regime fear reigns throughout, especially in District 4, where fear of migrants and refugees has become instilled in the citizens.
In the opening scene, Mary, a middle-aged, women, enters her kitchen and is confronted by a total stranger, a young man of foreign appearance, Tin, one of an influx of migrants and refugees entering the country. Terrified, she grabs a knife and challenges him. He in turn is
equally terrified. Trembling with fear and weak from hunger, begs her not to call the police.
The exchange that follows exposes the over-riding sense of fear and suspicion that has become ingrained in Mary. At the same time however unwillingly, her sense of compassion forces her to hesitate, and when the police knock on the door, she tells them it was a false alarm.
The play continues with
Cian- son in law, angry and confused. He recently lost his business and is now unemployed and living with his mother in law—Mary
Emer- Mary’s daughter and wife of Cian, working within the government, is torn between fear, anger and resentment, but showing devotion to her unemployed husband, and a love hate relationship with her mother Mary.
Tin—refugee in hiding from the Border Police. His story is one of horror and loss. His behaviour is at times disarming and humble, at times arrogant and devious.
Michelle—owner of a seedy bar which caters for illegal’s, but has an agreement with the “Police”. Someone who sits on the fence, but at times displays her own loneliness.
Throughout the play each of the protagonists reveals both compassion and cruelty, vindicating the reasons for their proposed actions. It exposes how fear and insecurity, as well as suspicion and mistrust of Migrants in this dystopian country, under the authoritarian rule
of a right- wing government, can eventually obliterate the inhabitant’s sense of humanity.
Each protagonist has his/her own story to tell, and the arguments for and against, appear rational. It is powerful and thought-provoking. But overall the play forces us to confront uncomfortable questions. How would we behave in these same circumstances? In the words
of W. B. Yeats’s….
Too long a sacrifice makes a stone of the heart—W. B. Yeats
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