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The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass
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Dermot Bolger’s acclaimed The Parting Glass is set on the infamous night when Thierry Henry caused Ireland’s World Cup exit with two illegal flicks of his wrist. Bolger uses Henry’s sleight of hand as a metaphor for the deceptions practised on Irish people during the Celtic Tiger. After emigrating to seek work in the 1980s – a journey charted in Bolger’s earlier classic play, In High Germany – Eoin made a new life in Germany.

In this standalone sequel, Eoin returns to Ireland with his wife and son at the height of the boom, and just in time for the bust. The Parting Glass reflects the recurrent pattern of emigration amongst Ireland’s present generation – a cycle considered banished forever.

Premiered by axis, starring Ray Yeates as Eoin, The Parting Glass is a powerful, passionate and funny meditation on the state of Eoin mid-life and Ireland mid-bust; a searing interrogation of friendship, family and Anglo Irish bank shares.


The Guardian  The Irish Times  Irish Examiner  Sunday Business Post



‘A rare achievment’ – Irish Times

‘A remarkable piece of story telling’ – Sunday Business Post

‘An exquisite meeting of humour and tragedy, this play is a symphony of feeling, often meeting it’s own heart-rending pitch in the midst of some hilarious joke. This is the sort of work that cuts through the heart of human experience, across all boundaries.’ – NYCTHEATRE.COM


Dermot Bolger


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Weight .078 g
Dimensions .215 × .138 × .06 mm


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