glór and Rough Magic are thrilled to premiere new Irish writing in a major co-production between the two organisations.
Cleft, written by Fergal McElherron, premieres in glór, Ennis in June, before transferring to Galway International Arts Festival in July and to Kilkenny Arts Festival in August.
Directed by Lynne Parker and starring Ennis actress Simone Kirby, along with Penny Layden, Cleft is a dark, funny, folkloric tale of two sisters bringing up a child in a peripheral rural community.
Twin sisters Fea and Caireen, living on a harsh, remote island, are raising a boy together. Abandoned by their mother at a young age and left in their teens to fend for themselves by their troubled father, the women have created their own emotional ecosystem. While Caireen embraces motherhood, Fea struggles as she watches the boy grow in the likeness of his father, whose body lies buried beneath the hawthorn tree.
Cleft is a visceral story of one family’s unrelenting will to survive, and ultimately to make choices based on instinct.