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St. Petersburg and Other Plays

St. Petersburg and Other Plays

By Declan Feenan
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848420335, 96 pages, September 2009


Three haunting, elliptical plays by a talented writer from Northern Ireland.

St Petersburg comprises three scenes involving three characters, an old man, his middle-aged daughter, and a ten-year-old boy.

Limbo is a monologue in which a 17-year-old girl tells us the story of her relationship with an older man and what it led to.

Catherine Medbh is a bittersweet and hesitant duologue in a bar between a youngish man and woman who are ex-lovers.

Though the spareness of the dialogue can be poetic, in Declan Feenan’s writing it is what’s going on under the words that carries the emotional charge. His characters talk, often quite volubly, but all we hear is the unbridgeable gap between them, and the evasions and concealments with which they live their lives.