Pumpgirl (4 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

Abbie Spallen’s tragi-comedy amounts to three separate interweaving monologues, à la This Lime Tree Bower and endless other pieces of Irish drama over the last decade or so. In it, a young female garage attendant, a middle aged local rally driver and his disillusioned wife all attest to sexual intrigues in rural South Armagh, a countryside still bearing the vaguely acknowledged scars of its recent history. Spallen’s rich poetic language, spiced by pop cultural references and the close observation of the everyday pain of life does a great deal to overcome the slightly been-there-before plot, and strong performances from its three strong cast adds verve to proceedings. Well worth a watch. (Steve Cramer)

Traverse, 228 1404, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), times vary, £12.50 (£4.50-£9).

This article is from 2006.

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