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Russell Bolam returns to the Arcola this February to direct the British premiere of award-winning In Skagway, a gritty all-female Irish Western starring Geraldine Alexander (Strange Interlude, National Theatre) and Angeline Ball (The Commitments). Set in the bleakest of Alaskan mining towns in the late-1800s, In Skagway is a tale of betrayal and loyalty where age and illness tarnish the American Dream.

For years, Francis Harmon lived off her reputation as an actress in the newly prospering cities of America. But her fame and fortune have faded and she and her companion May have washed up in a cabin in Skagway on the Alaskan frontier while May’s daughter prospects for gold. The gold rush is almost exhausted and May makes a desperate gamble to reclaim Francis’s fame, fortune and former glory. When Francis is struck down by illness, they each must choose between facing the threat of their future or the lure of their dreams of the past.

Also featuring Kathy Rose O’Brien and Natasha Starkey, In Skagway explores the passing of time alongside the flaws and failings of the traditional American Dream. Played out between four desperate women almost entirely in a bare little cabin, it follows the story of young Irish girls who travelled to the New World only to end up with nothing in the middle of nowhere.

This is a tale of desire tied up with down-right dirty double-crossing in an American wilderness. It is a compelling and lyrical first play by Irish writer Karen Ardiff.

In Skagway was the winner of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild Best New Play Award and the Stewart Parker/BBC Radio drama award. It was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Official Review by James McKendrick, read now
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