Gúna Nua and Ramblinman presents
Madeleine is an ugly duckling but convinced she's a swan. She spends her days on her grandfather's farm hanging daisy chains on fences and befriending chickens, wearing frocks and black patent shoes and dreaming of the day when Johnno Boyle O'Connor will return her affections. But there's nothing idyllic about this childhood.
Genevieve Hulme-Beaman in her one-woman play, shows us another story that shines a light through the cracks in Madeleine's view of life. A strange lonely child who lives life in the grip of her own vivid imagination, one minute she is innocent and vulnerable, the next knowing and dangerous.
The winner of a 2014 Edinburgh Fringe First and the Stewart Parker Award for new writing in Ireland, Pondling captures perfectly the world of a girl caught on the awkward cusp between childhood and adolescence. Never predictable and utterly unsentimental, Pondling places Ms. Hulme-Beaman in the top drawer of Irish writers.
"A GLITTERING GEM OF A SHOW."
-Irish Times ★★★★★
"THE IMAGINATION OF A LONELY LITTLE GIRL IS A POIGNANT THING - UNLESS THAT LONELY LITTLE GIRL IS BASICALLY PSYCHOTIC."
-Irish Theatre Magazine ★★★★★
"MS. HULME-BEAMAN... GIVES A STUNNING PERFORMANCE"
"SEE THIS REMARKABLE PLAY!"
-Theatre Reviews Limited
"ASTONISHING... A FULL-OUT, TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE THAT LEFT ME BREATHLESS."
"MS. HULME-BEAMAN'S PERFORMANCE IS ABSOLUTELY RIVETING"
-A Seat on the Aisle
Part of 1st Irish Festival.