"I first came across the novel Hellfire ten years ago, devouring it and continuing to read it every year. It tells of reformed murderer Lucy Dolan, released from Mountjoy prison, who goes directly to the Hellfire Club in the Dublin mountains, carrying nothing but a sports bag, a few cans, an electric keyboard, and an assault rifle. Lucy has disassociated from her damage, and is returning here to remember. Roaringly furious, she wants to face her fearsome past.
I am adapting Mia Gallagher's roaringly furious novel “HellFire” into a solo theatre piece, commissioned by Guna Nua Theatre Company, with collaborators Sue Mythen (movement director), Siobhra Quinlan (composer) & Mia Gallagher (author). By adapting the novel for a 21st century stage, by emulsifying the text with movement & music into a multi-disciplinary script, I wish to interrogate how trauma and shame rob agency in women's narratives."