EDEN podcast

Decadent Enrichment Programme for Eden, curated by Dani Gill.

Marriage in Ireland, 2021

The Irish divorce rate is at an all-time high. Why? Are people leaving relationships that aren’t right for them? Is it national fatigue? Or is it the change to the length of legal separation time?

Kate Gunn, Irish author of Untying the Knot, How to Consciously Uncouple in the Real World, Peter McNamara, writer, journalist and editor of Holy Show Arts and Culture magazine and Maeve Fitzgerald, ‘Breda’, from Decadent Theatre Company’s most recent production Eden, sit down to chat about how an actor prepares for such a play and tour, and about marriage in Ireland, using EDEN as a starting point.

The three panelists recorded this fascinating and wide-ranging podcast on relationships and marriage in contemporary Ireland the morning after Eden’s performance on 28th October at Draiocht, Blanchardstown.




Peter McNamara (host) is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist and editor of Holy Show Arts and Culture Magazine.

Kate Gunn is a writer and marketing professional based in Wicklow. Her first book Untying the Knot: How to Consciously Uncouple in the Real World chronicles her personal journey from despair to hope during the breakdown of her marriage. Her second book, The Accidental Soberista, published this year with Gill, reveals how a 30 day no booze challenge led to the unexpected bliss of an alcohol-free life. Kate has written for The Guardian, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times among others.

Maeve Fitzgerald is a graduate of the Bachelor in Acting Studies at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. She has appeared in productions for the Abbey, the Gate Theatre, Bush Theatre, ANU, among many others. She has been awarded and nominated several times at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, Dublin Fringe Awards and Off West-End Awards. She is co-founder of Then This Theatre Company, appearances include Collected Stories and her one-woman show The Yellow Wallpaper. In Decadent Theatre Company’s latest production, Eden by Eugene O’Brien, Maeve plays the role of ‘Breda’.

EDEN on tour 2021