Date:  17th January

Time: 8:00pm

Price: €16.00 / €14.00 conc.

The Scourge

in association with Wexford Arts Centre. 

Written and performed by Michelle Dooley Mahon. 

Directed by Ben Barnes

The Scourge (Michelle Dooley Mahon) relives visits to her mother Siobhan in a nursing home after she has been struck down by Alzheimer’s disease or what the scourge calls "death by a thousand cuts".  Through her hilarious as well as moving memories we are introduced to personalities, history, and a nostalgic archive of an ordinary Irish small-town family forced to become extraordinary in their attempt to cope.

The production shines a light on an illness that is rarely discussed in detail.  It takes us through the stages as the patient declines and describes the family's implosion, the morphing of the scourge from wide eyed child into enfant terrible to obese depressed recluse and her re-emergence as a creator of her one woman show-Shellshock.


Suitable for 13+ 

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'... moved and almost overcome by the humanity, hilarity and heart rending of The Scourge. .. raised me up and plunged me down on an emotional rollercoaster'.  Liam Murphy, Munster Express

‘Raw, witty and poetic, Michelle Dooley Mahon's 'The Scourge' had a huge impact.’

"Scourged is that most rare and wonderful creature, a book that is both entertaining and honest - like David Sedaris or Joan Didion before her, Dooley Mahon delves deep into the seam of the everyday, mining the ores of tragedy and comedy, shining a single headlamp as she digs, until the unsuspecting reader, laughed and cried out, is forced to go for a lie down” Eoin Colfer 

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