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Eclipsed tells the poignant and sometimes humourous story of the penitent women consigned to Magdalene laundries in the 1960's and one nun's attempts to ease their plight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 5mm | 108g
  • Salthill, Ireland
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0955260442
  • 9780955260445
  • 1,627

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Mothers for a moment, then cloistered forever. ... powerful and thought-provoking.'The New York Times 1999

A sterling ensemble achievement, alternately scalding and magical in its theatricality. Los Angeles Times

Despite a seemingly bleak and dark subject matter, the play is filled with humour and celebration ... and the script is well-crafted and subtly poetic. This is a fine piece of work and deserves a large audience. Seattle Fringe Review Rag

Shining light: Irish playwright Patricia Burke Brogan rightly won a Fringe First for this excellent new play and deserves praise for bringing the whole issue of the 'penitent women's laundries' to the public eye - an excellent important play. The List

Ms. Brogan paints a canvas filled with vivid portraits that reveal the full tragedy not only of the penitents but of the emotional price paid by their carers and keepers. Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up

Eclipsed contains a great dramatic force, a cry of horror for a life that slips away without a chance of being lived. Mauro Martinelli of Sipario, Firenze (Translation)

Eclipsed is a celebration of Life, of Freedom, an exaltation of survival at any cost. It is a story of women united, joined by the same pain and sad destiny, women who were strengthened by their tragic experiences. I was struck by its chorality, by the idea of a group which is always on stage -- every character is finely drawn and all roles are really beautiful -- by the fact that it is a play for eight women, very unusual in theatre. Massimo Stinco, Dottore in Discipline delle Arti, della Musica, dello Spettacolo, Associazione Teatro Firenze

There is a scene in which the women try to comfort the distraught Mandy ... that would make a stone weep with its pathos and sense of the sweetness of life gone to waste. The Guardian

This is powerful and moving theatre, all the more powerful because it is understated. Evening News

Eclipsed .. is one of those rare theatrical experiences so profoundly moving that some scenes tear your heart out. Contra Costa Times San Francisco

Patricia Burke Brogan's plays have always seemed a little ahead of their time. The Irish Times

Burke Brogan's Eclipsed rescues Ireland's Magdalene women from the amnesia at the centre of the nation's nativist history. Although rarely acknowledged as such, Eclipsed first introduced the tropes by which other contemporary retellings have narrativised the Magdalene experience.' Ireland's Magdalene Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment, James M. Smith 2007

Well written, witty and poignant, Eclipsed unfolds like a young rose, each petal revealing the sad, sad stories of these forgotten women. The Nine Mass
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66 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (23)
3 30% (20)
2 8% (5)
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