Maeve Binchy was probably Ireland’s greatest romantic fiction writer. Here, her 2010 hit novel has been adapted for the stage by Shay Linehan. Watch Noel, a middle-aged Dublin alcoholic as he sets about raising baby Frankie. “I intend to be the best mother I can be.” Watch his whole community join in to share the responsibility – “It takes a village to raise a child. Or a street.” And watch well-meaning social worker Moira, a woman with secrets of her own, go beyond her call of duty to make his life as hard as she possibly can.
Though several of her books have been adapted for cinema and TV, Minding Frankie gives theatre-goers a first chance to see her work live on stage. The world premier was as recent as this year in Ireland and SevenThirty’s production, directed by John P. Kelly will be a Canadian first. This play will be seen on Broadway before too long. See it first here in Ottawa.