A Public Reading of The Polished Trunk


Four Rivers is delighted to be associated with Wexford Arts Centre in presenting ‘A Public Reading of The Polished Trunk’ by Reenagh McCall. The event takes place 8pm, Tuesday, 26th March at Wexford Arts Centre.

The Polished Trunk, directed by Katie McCann, recounts the experiences of a returning first world war soldier to a new mythic Ireland, following the Rising that has happened in his absence. As his WW1 allies around the world are celebrated, he is shunned and essentially cancelled as he returns from a foreign war to a national one. With a flashback to the period before The Rising, we see how different political beliefs in a family – all for the love of the motherland – can leave a dark cloud hanging over those who must live in its shadow.

Reenagh was recently shortlisted for the Colm Tobín International Short Story Award and selected to Meet the Publisher by the Wexford Literary Arts Festival. She is interested in remembering the forgotten. Other works include ‘The Dying’, exploring a woman’s experience before and during the Famine, which, like ‘The Polished Trunk’, attempts to give voice to the silenced. The Polished Trunk short play was selected and produced for the One Voice Festival 2023 at Wexford Arts Centre in association with Paul Walsh Productions.
Reenagh holds a B.A. In English Literature and classics, a H.Dip. in Arts Admin. and an M.A. in Film and lives in Wexford with her husband, Andrea and two children, Kaelan and Sophia.

Supported by Wexford County Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme (2012- 2023) bursary and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under their Community Strand.

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