By the Bog of Cats

Play

Writers: Marina Carr

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1998
Genres
Drama, Tragedy
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
present day, Ireland Midlands, bog
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
College/University, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female
Casting Notes

Includes adult, child, mature adult, young adult, late teen, elderly characters

Synopsis

By the Bog of Cats is a haunting and lyrical retelling of the classical Medea myth. Tinker and bog resident Hester Swane has been jilted by Carthage Kilbride, the father of her child. As a further insult, she is being forced off of her land by Carthage and his new father-in-law, Xavier Cassidy. But Hester is crafty and full of vengeance. She will not be abused so easily by the men around her. A woman connected to the bog and the ominous superstitions that surround it, Hester seizes her own fate, violently claiming the land and family she believes belong to her. Full of both classical myth and Irish lore, By the Bog of Cats weaves the complex characters into a fateful march towards irrefutable destiny.

Lead Characters