New Irish Play Explores Transgender Identity

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Amy Conroy, writer, director and star of the much-loved and critically acclaimed ‘I ♥ Alice ♥ I’, is back with a new play, this time looking at transgender experiences.


In Luck Just Kissed You Hello, Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark. In this dramatic and fiercely funny exploration of masculinity, Mark defends his new life to those who know him best, his twin brother Gary and old friend Sullivan. And, most confronting of all, he has to face what it means to be himself.

Audiences who experienced the pure love between the women in I Alice I can expect a similar intensity from Luck Just Kissed You Hello.

Amy has worked with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), on understanding, not only what it feels like to be both genders, but also to investigate gender fluidity and masculinity through a transgender lense.

“I feel it is important for the play to convey the uncertainty felt by many men,” she says. “Yet I also wanted to acknowledge the great beauty in so many traditional masculine traits. To examine what it feels like to be a man, but also what it feels like to be a man deemed not masculine enough, or indeed a female deemed too masculine.”


Luck Just Kissed You Hello is at the Mick Lally Theatre from July 9 to 25 (opening night, July 13), as part of the Galway International Arts Festival, booking here.




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