Maeve Binchy was one of Ireland’s most beloved writers. Her unique voice and her relatable characters won her legions of fans during her prolific career. Now Binchy’s work comes to the stage for the first time, with Minding Frankie coming the the Gaiety Theatre for two weeks from 6 to 17 June.
Adapted for the stage by Shay Linehan and directed by Peter Sheridan, Minding Frankie is a family love story, full of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth and humour.
Noel Lynch is struggling with an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child but is also dying from cancer. Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie. Social worker, Moira Tierney, has other ideas, and is prepared to do battle for custody of the child. In order to prevail, Noel must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes, and become the best mother that he can be. Along the way, he discovers that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street.
Bringing these diverse characters to life are actors Steve Blount and Clare Barrett, who have won rave reviews for their performances when the production previously toured the country. The Irish Mail on Sunday said they were “Outstanding character actors” who “deliver the goods to perfection” while they have also been praised for their incredible comic timing.
This wonderful show brings the work of Maeve Binchy to life in a vivid way. Fans of her work will love it while those unfamiliar with her work will soon find themselves enchanted by the true-to-life, engaging characters that Binchy is renowned for.
Tickets for Minding Frankie are on sale now, starting from just €25.