This darkly comic new work combines an unflinching examination of our attitudes to youth, ageing and death, with an often hilarious and moving encounter between three generations of women.
This March at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre, an all-female, all-Welsh cast including Sharon Morgan will perform Kaite O’Reilly’s new play Cosy; a provocative, brutally honest but at times laugh-out-loud work that asks big questions about how – and when – our lives draw to a close. It will then be performed as part of the Unlimited festivals in London and Glasgow, in September 2016.
“It’s like I’ve disappeared. I walk down the road and throw no shadow. That’s what getting older does for you.” Rose wants an exit plan that is bold and invigorating, but her three warring daughters have other ideas. We all have to die, but what makes a good death? Everyone seems to have an opinion…
Cosy is supported by Unlimited, a three-year commissioning and support programme which aims to embed work by disabled artists in the UK cultural sector, and shift perceptions of disabled people. Cosy is Kaite’s second Unlimited commission. The first, In Water I’m Weightless (click here to read DAO’s interview with the Kaite and the cast), was produced by National Theatre Wales, directed by John E McGrath and also performed at the Wales Millennium Centre and London’s Southbank Centre, as part of the official London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
“Often it seems we’re in denial about two great truths – that we will probably age, and certainly, eventually, die. As a playwright, this is wonderful material to explore, filled with opportunities for humour, strong viewpoints and complex human emotions. To laugh in the face of both is I think the best revenge.”