By the Bog of Cats
Oh Hester....WHAT you did!
Hester is a wild one who hankers to spend her life on the bleak landscape BY THE BOG OF CATS yearning for her crazy long lost mother. She dearly loves her seven year old daughter Josie and her child's father Carthage....whom she refuses to give up without a fight.
Cat-Woman is her crazy friend with a taste for mice and vision enough to give fair warning, "leave this place now or you never will."
By the Bog of Cats is a play about a traveller woman called Hester, who feels a deep connection with the bog she lives on, but who's being f ...more
If all of my english class readings were like this, I would be a very happy person. Riveting, demented, dark, and just a little bit disturbing: all in all a fantastically entertaining read. I got through it all in one sitting, partly because I had nothing e ...more
Something about the content is utterly hair-raising and plays upon highly emotive themes of land and identity, all the while rooting it in a sort of conflict between wilderness and society.
They're playing it at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin around my birthday this August and I am already looking forward to going to see it. ...more
Hester is a woman who has experienced, and continuous to experience, a number of episodes of loss and is greatly touched by them while trying to fight tooth and nail to avoid further ones or repeating them in her own life, specially when it co ...more
Where do I even start with this play? It is definitely a lot. Very heavy hitting. But I like the circularity of the play. It definitely has a few plot twists you don't see coming. I though I knew how this was ending... boy was I wrong.
The characters are... something?? I really enjoyed the fantastical elements of this play. I still haven't fully processed it but uhm... it's a lot. ...more
This was such an interesting yet heartbreaking play to read! I especially liked all the metaphors, imagery, and supernatural (?) elements surrounding Hester and her history. I feel like there were tons of things throughout the play that have the potential to be analyzed and critiqued, which is always fun for rereads. Though I’m not sure how inclined I am to reread this play....!
Personal to CRES: if you ever read this, please explain it to me. ...more