It is easy to imagine that Pumpgirl is a play that Sam Shepard might have written had he been born a Northern Irish woman. It is a bleak tale of three desperately unhappy lower class people in a story punctuated with both threatened and actual violence. Yet both the writing and the performances in this Solas Nua production have a powerful poetry that rivets the audience more than the actual events might warrant.
Madeleine Carr plays the eponymous pumpgirl, a tomboy who works at the local gas station. [Read more...]