Greenstick Boy

Maggie Cronin and Sarah Tipple take the one-woman show to Edinburgh

The one-hour, one-woman show Greenstick Boy, written and performed by Maggie Cronin, plays at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms until August 25 as part of the 2008 Fringe Festival. 

Directed by Sarah Tipple, Greenstick Boy is eligible for the Fringe First award for best new writing. The play follows Cronin's first production A Most Notorious Woman, which won the Stewart Parker/BBC Radio Drama Award. 

Greenstick Boy, a semi-autobiographical tragicomedy, plays out against a backdrop of punk music, Irish dancing and fashion, painting a vivid portrait of 1970s London. 

The story follows the character M and her 'boy friend' D, a bloke who’s a laugh - kind, and loving. He happens to be a heroin addict but is also M's soulmate, whether she likes it or not.

While M moves from Irish dancing to drama school and a stage career, D drifts in and out of her life, her ‘erratic constant, a lodestone.'

But in the end, unable to steer his own course, the greenstick fractures of his youthful spirit become brittle and irrevocably broken and he becomes her great loss.

Cronin previously appeared in the BBC's Doctors, playing the role of Kate McGuire. During her time there, in May 2004, the show won a British Soap Award.

Director Tipple recently received an Old Vic/New Voices award. Her show Mad Funny, Just premiered in front of an audience that included Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey.

Greenstick Boy is performed at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms, until August 25. Click here for further information and booking.