The Holy Ground

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408183632.00000015
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A widow packs her deceased husband’s papers into plastic bags and talks about her empty, silent life in Bolger’s sad and powerful monologue. Monica married a young man called Swifty Hurley, who was shy and sweet, and loved soccer more than anything. But unable to cope with his inability to conceive a child, he becomes a right-wing conservative campaigner, leaving Monica to disappear into silence and fantasy. Now, after a funeral at which no-one knew who she was, Monica looks back at how their love came to a bitter end.

The Holy Ground was first staged (with In High Germany as a double bill entitled The Tramway End) by the Gate Theatre, Dublin in 1990.

From Bolger Plays: 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Dermot Bolger

ISBN: 9780413745002

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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