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Playwright Roderick Ford

Theatre: Ob Gob by Roderick Ford, rehearsed reading in the Peacock Theatre

28 Jul 2017 (Past)

Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage)

Yulia and her three daughters – Ob Gob, Caoimhe and Neon, have isolated themselves from society, bound by secrets, sickness and mutual dependency. Their situation is about change when Neon gets a chance to leave for college.

Full of magic realism, gothic theatricality and dry humour, the play presents the women’s curious progress through necromancy and ventroliquism into a sexual and moral decline.

It’s our great pleasure to invite you to the rehearsed reading of Ob Gob by Roderick Ford, Friday, July 28th, 4pm, The Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage).

Ob Gob, written by Roderick Ford and directed by Sarah Baxter, offers an unexpected twist to the motive of three sisters and their dreams of a life far away.

Read by Ruth Lehane, Áine NíLaoghaire, India Mullen and Stephanie Dufresne, designed by Helen McGinty.

The development of Ob Gob was funded by a New Work Award from Arts & Disability Ireland, supported by Rough Magic and Project Arts Centre.

Supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland.

Roderick Ford is an established poet in the process of transitioning to playwriting. His early life was blighted by inappropriate medical treatments for his then undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome, which was not well understood at the time.

Twenty years ago, finally freed from medication, he began to write poetry. Since then, he has won many awards and shortlistings for his work, has two collections to his name, and a poem on the curriculum for the A Level Lit exams in England.

His first two plays were given public readings by Moving Parts in Paris. A third play, The Spider’s House, was presented as stage reading in Pearse Centre in 2016. He acknowledges with gratitude the support of ADI and The Arts Council for the development of the latter under the mentorships of Sophie Motley and Sarah Baxter. He has two other plays in progress: The Threshold of Yellow, and Our Lady of the Needles.


Abbey Theatre
Arts and Disability Connect
Ob Gob
Peacock Theatre
rehearsed reading
Roderick Ford