Rose has washed and ironed her cowgirl shirt and skirt. She carries it on a hanger. She likes the way the fringe swings when she wears it. Makes her feel glamourous. Adventurous. Brave. She stands on the empty stage and looks out into the auditorium. Imagining what it will be like when it is full. Which it will be. Tonight. When the choir perform.
In the quiet of the theatre, she finds herself thinking back on the events of that morning, the events of last year, the last twenty years. When did she stop being her? Rose thinks about her dead husband Stephen, and her sons, and the man who knocked on her door.
The Visit is written by Deirdre Kinahan, one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights. It is based on her play YES written as part of Draíocht’s groundbreaking HOME THEATRE (Ireland) Project in 2018. YES was inspired by the time Deirdre spent with Maureen Penrose, her HOME THEATRE host.
Produced by Draíocht Blanchardstown, ‘The Visit’ was originally funded by an Arts Council Theatre Project Award with significant additional support provided by Draíocht, and presented at Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. In 2022 The Visit will tour nationwide, thanks to a Touring Award from the Arts Council, as part of Draíocht’s 21st Birthday Celebrations.