Etcetera Theatre

West of Frances

West of Frances

I wonder what kind of spit mine will be. Long and globulus. Like a stalagmite melting out of deep sleep. Or phlegmy and bronchial and green. Like the sputum of a tubercular warthog.”

When Frances finds out that one Sister Ina Marsh of Ballymun, Dublin, has died of old age, she decides it is high time that she hops on a plane and goes to spit on Ina’s grave. It’s an act of revenge long overdue. Sister Ina Marsh, after all, is the woman who left Frances’ then 18 year-old grandmother high, dry and without so much as a friend in Jesus. Sister Ina Marsh, after all, is almost the reason Frances is here on the planet in the first place.

This darkly humorous piece tracks one woman’s saliva-fuelled odyssey to rectify the wrongs of history and connect with the grandmother she never knew. The story is both familiar and quirky, with both the younger and older Frances being brought to life on stage. It is a work which deals with family, journeys, and whether doing the right thing is ever as right as intended.


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