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In Two Minds by Joanne Ryan takes centre stage at the Belltable this October starring Pom Boyd and Karen McCartney

Limerick Playwright Joanne Ryan’s deeply personal, inventive, and ultimately uplifting ‘In Two Minds’ comes to the Belltable stage this October 18 – 21

Limerick Playwright Joanne Ryan's deeply personal, inventive, and ultimately uplifting 'In Two Minds' comes to the Belltable stage this October 18 - 21
In Two Minds is a deeply personal, inventive and ultimately uplifting new work that examines the charms and challenges of living with bipolar disorder and its impact on a family.  

Fishamble: The New Play Company is delighted to bring to the stage ‘In Two Minds’ this Autumn, a deeply personal, inventive and ultimately uplifting new work that examines the charms and challenges of living with bipolar disorder and its impact on a family.  

Written by the esteemed Joanne Ryan, winner of the prestigious Lustrum Award, and directed by Sarah Jane Scaife of “Beckett sa Chreig: Laethanta Sona” fame, promises to be an incredible experience for audiences.  

“There were thousands of them. They were so beautiful, blue, almost purple, and everywhere around me. I didn’t know you had those stars here as well!”     


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Explored through the dynamic of a mother-daughter relationship, In Two Minds is deeply personal, inventive, funny and life-affirming. As a new work it plays with both the fascinating allure and the challenges of living with bipolar disorder. 

‘In Two Minds’ stars Pom Boyd, an award-winning writer and performer who has acted extensively in and written for theatre, film, TV and Radio, currently performing in ‘The Dry’ and Karen McCartney, part of the first group to graduate from the BA in Acting course at The Lir Academy in 2014 and has appeared in ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’ on its national and international tour.

Limerick playwright, Joanne Ryan explains that when working on her previous show Eggsistentialism, her mother asked her about writing this play.

Limerick Playwright, Joanne Ryan brings the show to the Belltable stage this October

Ryan said to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1, “While I was interviewing her and we were working on that play, she asked me one day if I would consider, when I finished that show, making a show about bipolar disorder. So those were her instructions, and that is what I have done.”

The play explores the delicate dance of mental health, love, and humanity within the confines of shared living space as writer Joanne Ryan and director Sarah Jane Scaife bring a tale of the adult child and parent sharing the same home.  Boyd embodies the role of the mother, while McCartney takes on the character of the daughter.

The creative team also includes Alyson Cummins, Set Designer, Kevin Smith, Lighting Designer, Sinead Cuthbert, Costume Designer, and Rob Moloney, Music and Sound Designer.

In Two Minds comes to the Belltable from 18th -21st October at 8pm (matinee Sat 21st at 2.30pm) and tickets cost €25/€22

Find out more here.
Read more Joanne Ryan stories here.

Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

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