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Patricia Burke Brogan is a painter, poet and playwright. Her etchings have won awards at Barcelona and at Listowel International Biennale 1982. Her first poetry collection, Above the Waves Calligraphy, was published by Salmon Publishing in 1994.

Her play Eclipsed has won many awards including a Fringe First at Edinburgh Theatre Festival 1992 and the USA Moss Hart Award 1994. To date there have been 61 productions of Eclipsed on three continents. Stained Glass at Samhain and Eclipsed have been translated into Italian. Eclipsed has also been translated into French and Dutch.

Eclipsed has been excerpted in documentaries and other collected works including The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volumes 4 and 5. Irish Women Playwrights of the Twentieth Century. Ireland 's Women: Writings Past and Present. Motherhood in Ireland . Repositories of Secrecy and Shame; Magdalen Laundries and Ireland's Architecture of Containment. Sacred Play: Soul Journeys in Contemporary Irish Theatre: Druids, Dudes and Beauty Queens:The Changing Face of Irish Theatre. Laundry Basket Hearts: Visions and Revisions of the Magdalene Laundries in the Drama of Patricia Burke Brogan. Theatre Journal 1999 and in Amnesty International Magazine 2002.

Clarenda's Mirror, a three-act play, was chosen by the artistic panel of the 4th International Women Playwrights Conference for the Irish Showcase at the Galway Conference in June 1997. A staged rehearsed reading took place in University College Galway. Patricia received an Arts Council Bursary in Literature in 1993, a European Script Writers' Fund in 1994, and an Arts Council Bursary in Drama in 2005.

Stained Glass at Samhain, a play by Patricia Burke Brogan

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Stained Glass at Samhain




Stained Glass at Samhain was first presented by Town Hall Productions at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway City, on October 31st 2002, with the following cast:

Stained Glass at Samhain is a follow up to Patricia’s more well-known play Eclipsed. Sister Luke is now elderly and retired in St Lukes Covent Both the convent and the Magdalen Laundry in Killmacha, the setting for Eclipsed, are being demolished during the course of the play.

The play opens on All Souls’ Night, Oíche Shamhna, when the boundaries between the living and the dead dissolve. Sister Luke recounts  her life in a series of flashbacks of her time in charge of The Magdalen Laundry at Killmacha.