Just Desserts: Three one act plays by Miriam Gallagher

The plays in Just Desserts may be produced separately or as a triple-bill

“Easter Eggs”
Comedy/ 7 characters, 3 Men, 4 Women/ One Act
Synopsis: Lucy’s magic birthday party is full of strange surprises. Will Mrs Lockett get her just desserts?
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“Lemon Soufflé”
Comedy/ 7 characters, 4 Men, 3 Women/ One Act
Synopsis: Set in an old abbey, an engagement party causes friction as family secrets are revealed.
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Comedy/ 8 characters, 3 Men, 2 Women, double casting possible for Waiters (men or women)/ One Act
Synopsis: A strange trio of waiters serve omelettes with a difference to a married couple, a young pair on their first date, and a tramp. But what happens when the young people cannot pay?
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Playwright’s notes

“‘Omlettes’ [is] a macabre dance of characters locked in an illusion of choice.”
– City Limits

“‘Lemon Soufflé’ has nice touches of character observation and good jokes.”
– Time Out

Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and professional rights:
Miriam Gallagher
53 Upper Beechwood Ave.
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Ph/Fax: 353-1-4976880
Email: gallaghermiriam@eircom.net

About the Playwright: Miriam Gallagher, Irish playwright, novelist and screenwriter, studied drama in London (LAMDA). Her work, staged and screened in Ireland, London, Paris, USA, and Canada with Irish, Dutch, Finnish and Russian translations, is included in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and profiled in Irish Women Writers: An A-Z Guide(Geenwood Press). Her plays have been published in Fancy Footwork and 12 Other Plays (Soc. Irish Playwrights) andKalahari Blues & Other Plays (2006). Commissions include The Ring of Mont de Balison (Ranelagh Millenium Project);Kalahari Blues (Galloglass Theatre Co), which toured nationwide; The Gold of Tradaree (Clare Arts Award); The Mighty Oak of Riverwood (Betty Ann Norton Theatre School 40 years celebration) performed at the Gate Theatre; and Fancy Footwork (Dublin Theatre Festival). Recently her play The Parting Glass was an international prizewinner of the Near & Far Playwrighting Contest (USA).Miriam’s other books include Let’s Help Our Children Talk (O’Brien Press) and a novel, Song for Salamander (Trafford). She received Arts Council and European Script Fund Awards for her feature length screenplay Girls in Silk Kimonos(celebrating the Gore Booth sisters), and her film Gypsies has been screened at Irish Film Centre, Galway Film Fleadh, Foyle Film Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center, Plaza cinemas, San Francisco and at the International Children’s Film Festival at Hyderabad, India. A member of Irish PEN, Miriam has served on its committee and as vice president. She has also served on the Irish Writers Union committee, the council of the Society of Irish Playwrights, as a judge for the O.Z. Whitehead Play Competition, and on the Awards Panel for Arts and Disability Forum. She has been a guest lecturer at universities in Dublin, New York, Boston, and Pretoria, and her manuscripts are in the National Library, Dublin and film work in the Irish Film Archive.

Just Desserts was first produced by Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin.