Theatre: Arnica Was My Eyecream – at The International Bar

The multi-talented force that is Frances Winston has written, and is performing in, a play about that often-hidden and taboo subject, domestic violence.

A harrowing subject by anyone’s standards, domestic abuse affects couples and families, whether gay or straight, rich or poor, and is often hidden by the victims as they are ashamed and embarrassed to tell anyone.

Loft Productions Ireland, teaming up with Princess Frannie Productions, has now brought the play, Arnica Was My Eyecream, to the International Bar in Dublin. The play runs until Saturday 9th June, with times from now until Friday at 7pm, and Saturday (possibly at 7pm but according to Eventbrite at 8.30pm) with a 2pm matinee (Please check with venue for correct time for Saturday).

The story follows an ordinary woman, Nancy, and the man she meets, Marcus, who appears at first to be a real Prince Charming, until later in the relationship, when he shows his true colours.

‘Pretty soon she is rethinking the contents of her makeup bag – what colour does blend with purple to make it disappear anyway! But it’s fine. After all he bought her chips’.

Speaking about the play and the statistics for domestic violence, writer Fran Winston commented:

“The performance is a hard-hitting play looking at the serious issue of domestic violence through the eyes of one victim, Nancy. It shows how an ordinary person can get unwittingly trapped in a cycle of abuse. In Ireland 1 in 5 women will be victims of domestic abuse (although it is believed the figure is closer to 1 in 3 but lack of reporting affects the figures). Yet it remains a largely misunderstood topic still spoken of in hushed tones. There’s no denying it’s a dark subject. On average a woman will be assaulted by her partner or ex-partner 35 times before reporting it to the police, and even then, last year only 29% of women who experienced severe abuse reported it. And many rarely tell their story to anyone”.

Frances feels that this shows how easy it is to be a victim, and right now it is happening to someone you know.

For tickets (from €10.50) to this hard-hitting (no pun intended) play, go to:



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