Written and Performed by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
Directed by Paul Meade
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.
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"Poignant and engrossing" - The New York Times
"A glittering gem of a show." - Irish Times ★★★★★
"Absolutely riveting" - A Seat on the Aisle
"See this remarkable play!" - Theatre Reviews Limited