EDEN was shared online in 2021
Helen O’Brien - Breda
Helen’s previous roles with RTG include Katie in ‘Love in the Title’, Miss Short in ‘Inspector Drake and the Perfekt Crime’, Miss Prism in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Juno in ‘Juno and the Paycock’ and Rita in ‘The Salvage Shop’. In ‘Eden’, she plays Breda, a troubled wife working to save her marriage of 10 years.
Columb Casey – Billy
Columb, a member of RTG for 28 years has appeared in many RTG productions, including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘The Seafarer’, ‘Big Maggie’, ‘The Weir’, ‘The Night Alive’, ‘Plaza Suite’ and ‘The Salvage Shop’. In ‘Eden’ he plays Billy, a husband chomping at the bit for something or someone more exciting.
Maria Burke King – Director
A founder member of Rathfarnham Theatre Group, Square One Theatre Company and a board member of the Mill Theatre, Maria has directed a wide range of productions which include, ‘Big Maggie’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, ‘Sive’, ‘The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice’, ‘Eden’, ‘A Galway Girl’ and ‘Fred and Jane’. More recently she has directed short pieces and facilitated workshops on Zoom.
Eugene O’Brien’s award winning play ‘Eden’ brings to life a host of colourful midland characters. While it has some funny moments, it centres on the tragic portrait of the failing marriage of Billy and Breda. This is the weekend that can make or break them and Breda is looking good.
This is one of the most challenging plays I have ever directed. I have thoroughly enjoyed working intensely with the cast of Helen and Columb and I thank them for the exceptional amount of work they have put in. I also thank the crew for their work in bringing this to the YouTube stage.
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