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After Melissa: Finding ‘home’ between Donegal and Alexandria in Jane Coyle’s new play

This event takes place in the Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

A new play by Jane Coyle, set in the 1950s in Donegal and the Egyptian city of Alexandria is taking to the stage at The Market Place Theatre.

An Irish writer, Eamon Query, has returned to his home place in Donegal after living and working for some years in Alexandria.

With him is a silent, introverted little girl, the orphaned daughter of a nightclub dancer called Melissa. The two have moved around together to the Greek island of Corfu and now to his family home overlooking the wild Atlantic.

Query is writing a memoir of his years in Alexandria, struggling to pin down his complex relationships with two women, Melissa and the wealthy socialite Justine.

They are never far from his thoughts as he slowly reconciles what it means to be home, to belong, to find a permanent place for himself and the child.

Lyrical reminiscences of his colourful past in Alexandria are punctuated by sardonic, humorous observations of the community and family he thought he knew so well.

The play is inspired by The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, one of the great novel series of the 20th century.

Market Place Theatre

Friday November 11 | 8pm

Tickets £15.00 | concession: £13.00

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