The House of Rest    by John Donlon

Featured in the 2006 Festival


The House of Rest is set on New Year's Eve, 2000, in the west of Ireland. It's a time for reflecting on the past, on what actually happened and what might have been. Three elderly residents of a nursing home facing a new millennium find themselves shaken from the routine of their everyday lives as the emotional defenses of the past weaken and painful truths revealed. There's humour here, but there's also a sense of isolation that comes from the separation of old folks from their homes and community. Family visit occasionally, but their daily contact is with paid staff members, not all of whom are pleasant.