Photo by Gareth Phillips / Cosy
Cosy. Photo by Gareth Phillips.

Kaite O’Reilly – Cosy

in association with Wales Millennium Centre

“It’s like I’ve disappeared. I walk down the road and throw no shadow.”

“That’s what getting older does for you.”

Rose wants an exit plan that is bold and invigorating, but her three warring daughters have other ideas. We all have to die, but what makes a good death? Everyone seems to have an opinion; Rose’s daughters, her precocious granddaughter and even the strange woman taking refuge in the garden.

Performed by a cracking all-Welsh cast, ‘Cosy’ was a darkly comic look at three generations of women as they share the joys and humiliations of getting older. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, this work – at turns hilarious and heartbreaking – examined issues relevant to us all; youth, ageing, and the last, great taboo.

Written by: Kaite O’Reilly
Directed by: Phillip Zarilli
Designed by: Simon Banham
Lighting Design by: Ace McCarron
Costume Supervisor: Holly McCarthy
Assistant Producer: Tom Wentworth
Cast: Sara Beer, Llinos Daniel, Ruth Lloyd, Sharon Morgan, Ri Richards, Bethan Rose-Young

Kaite O’Reilly won the Ted Hughes Award for Persians (National Theatre Wales), Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), and MEN best play for Perfect (Contact Theatre). Other credits include: the 9 fridas (Taipei 2014, Hong Kong 2016); Woman of Flowers (Forest Forge); In Water I’m Weightless (National Theatre Wales/Unlimited/Wales Millennium Centre/Southbank Centre); LeanerFasterStronger (Chol Theatre/Sheffield Crucible); peeling (Graeae); Schlachthaus (Maxim Gorki, Berlin). A Fellow of International Research Centre ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ in Berlin, she is reflecting on her extensive work in disability culture and the relationship between hearing and Deaf cultures.

Press quote 

‘It is a play which wears its deep seriousness lightly; a tale of empowerment which leaves one deep in contemplation.’ British Theatre Guide


18-22 June 2019
6 September 2016
Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival - Book Launch: Kaite O'Reilly in conversation
8-12 March 2016

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