The Honey Spike

WRITTEN BY BRYAN MAC MAHON

The Honey Spike | Corn Mill Theatre Group

06

February

About

The Honey Spike tells the story of a homeward journey of a group of travellers. Breda Claffey wants to give birth to her child at the hospital where she herself was born, the Honey Spike in Co. Kerry, 300 miles away from where she currently lives at the Giant's Causeway.

Setting

The Giant's Causeway / An unapproved road on the border / The shores of Lough Derg / A backyard at Puck Fair / Gateway - St. Finian's Hospital (The Honey Spike in Co. Kerry).

Running Time

2Hr 30 Minutes - 15 minute interval after scene three

Author

Born and educated in Listowel, Co. Kerry, MacMahon spent 44 years as national school-teacher, becoming principal of Listowel National School. He contributed poems and short stories to The Bell (beginning with poem, ‘‘House Sinister’’, in second issue), and won Bell Award for fiction in a late issue. MacMahon’s plays include The Bugle in the Blood (Abbey, March 1949); The Song of the Anvil (Abbey, 1960) and The Honey Spike (Abbey, 1961; revived 1993). Co-founded Listowel Players and Listowel Writers’ Week.