GĂșna Nua Theatre LITTLE GEM (Ireland)

22/02/2011 - 19/03/2011

Love, Sex, birth, death, dildos and salsa classes: three generations of Dublin women on a wild and constantly surprising journey. An extraordinary year of courage, comedy and romance in the award-winning hit of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival and the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Kay’s got an itch that Gem can’t scratch (but maybe Kermit can) … Lorraine attacks a customer at work and her boss wants her to see a psychiatrist … Amber has fierce bad indigestion and the Sambucas aren’t getting rid of it. And then there’s Paul, the bollix, who is just using Amber until he can get to Australia … and there's the hairy man who fancies Lorraine but fails to rise to the occasion … and of course Gem, who doesn’t like the neighbours coming in to ‘mind’ him. If all that wasn’t bad enough, Little Gem makes his presence felt and life is never the same again.

Written by Elaine Murphy
Directed by Paul Meade

“Vivid, funny and touching… one of those plays that leave you feeling better about life.”  Daily Telegraph
“…Murphy delivers it with terrific conviction, and three stunning performances from Sarah Greene as Amber, Hilda Fay as Lorraine and the wonderful Anita Reeves as Kay.”  Joyce McMillan **** The Scotsman

Winner - Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, 2009
Winner - Best Theatre Script, Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, 2009
Winner - Fishamble Award Best New Irish Writing, Dublin Fringe Festival, 2008
Winner - Best Female Performance, Dublin Fringe Festival 2008

Riverside Theatre
Lennox Theatre
22-26 February 2011

Canberra Theatre Centre
1-5 March 2011

Theatre Royal
11-12 March 2011

Seymour Centre
Everest Theatre
15-19 March 2011

Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia and supported by Culture Ireland/Cultúr Éireann.