Wexford Arts Centre is delighted to present the world premiere of The Scourge written and performed by Michelle Dooley Mahon and directed by Ben Barnes.
The Scourge (Michelle Dooley Mahon) relives visits to her mother Siobhan in a nursing home after she has been struck down by Alzheimer’s disease or what the scourge calls "death by a thousand cuts". Through her hilarious as well as moving memories we are introduced to personalities, history, and a nostalgic archive of an ordinary Irish small-town family forced to become extraordinary in their attempt to cope.
The production shines a light on an illness that is rarely discussed in detail. It takes us through the stages as the patient declines and describes the family's implosion, the morphing of the scourge from wide eyed child into enfant terrible to obese depressed recluse and her re-emergence as a creator of her one woman show-Shellshock.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel Scourged by Michelle Dooley Mahon, The Scourge will take you on a journey like no other, a beautiful dedication of a daughter giving voice to a mother sadly silenced before her time. The Scourge was commissioned by Wexford Arts Centre with support from Artlinks.
The production is supported by Arts Council Ireland and Wexford County Council.