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on 20 July 2006
World war 2 is waging across Europe, but in Buncrana, just across the border in the Irish Republic, the impact and tensions of 1944 spill into a family at war with itself. Dolly West may run the kitchen but it is her mother, the wonderfully anarchic matriarch, Rima, who stirs the many political, sexual and family tensions that fuel the undercurrents that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The humour is both dark and electric as McGuiness switches mood and location. He tackles issues like sexuality in wartime with delicate tenderness, and in all that takes place there is a deep moral tone applicable to all wars. Bitingly fuuny, wonderfully observed,tender yet bitter this is a play that deserves to be widely seen.
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