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Finuala Dowling

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My New Play, Not-a-hundred-and-four, at the Milnerton Playhouse

Not 104I’m delighted to announce a production of my play Not a-hundred-and-four by Milnerton Players later this month. It’s part of a triptych I’m engaged in on the topic of dementia (the third part, a novel, may have to wait till arts funding changes in South Africa, by which time I myself may be a demented work of art).

I originally wrote it as a radio play for a 2007 BBC competition and it was listed in the top 100 of over 1000 entries. It’s been through a few drafts since then.

The play — like the poetry book, Notes from the dementia ward, launched this week — is about how dementia affects a family, the tensions that arise between siblings, and the heartrending decisions it leads to. There’s lots of humour in it too, not least because the matriarchal character — Ava Harding — .is both naturally witty and sliding into madness. Another reason to see the play is that my daughter, Beatrice Willoughby, makes her big stage debut.

Jeremy Blackburn is the director — it’s been wonderful to hand over my work to a talented and creative friend.

  • Not a-hundred-and-four, a new play by Finuala Dowling opens on Friday 22nd August at 20.15 at the Milnerton Playhouse. It runs until Saturday 30 August.

    Tickets are R50 each. There is a 10% discount for bookings of 10 or more.

    To make a booking, phone Sheila: 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061.

  • Directions: Follow the N1 towards Paarl. Take exit 4 (R27 Paarden Eiland, Milnerton). After the Woodbridge Island bridge, turn right into Broad Rd and left into Pienaar. The playhouse is behind the library (which is just past Milnerton High School) on your left, with copious parking.

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