Pumpgirl at Galway Arts Festival 2017


Decadent Theatre Company present PUMPGIRL at the Galway Arts Festival 2017, 15-30 July 2017

Pumpgirl, written by award-wining Newry playwright Abbie Spallen, is set in a petrol station just north of the border, located on the wrong side of the fluctuating exchange rate. A turbo-charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands, this explosively comic play takes audiences deep into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide.

‘Abbie Spallen comes out all guns blazing, with writing so sparky and intricately observed, it seems as if it might spontaneously combust.’  The Guardian
‘A fiercely observed, unflinching play, emphasising the staggering force of good storytelling.’   The New York Times


Directed by Andrew Flynn



Pumpgirl_pster2009 Film Adaptation of Pumpgirl

Samantha Heaney played the title role in the 2009 film, directed by Carol Moore, with screenplay by Abbie Spallen.
Samantha Heaney’s Pumpgirl is exquisitely evoked – the flash of girlish enthusiasm in her eyes when she speaks of Hammy, who’s ‘pure class’ as far as she’s concerned; her stuttering confusion as she struggles to comprehend Hammy’s inevitable betrayal. Heaney has got inside the skin of this young social misfit and brought her sparklingly to life”. Fionola Meredith, Culture Northern Ireland

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