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Life Shop Till You Drop

The smart girl's self-help solution


  • Playwright

    Alice Coghlan 

  • Author Notes

    Devised in collaboration with Clodagh Reid.
  • Setting

    Modern Ireland

  • Synopsis

    Ailish McGovern is an unfulfilled Recruitment Consultant. For Ailish life would be perfect if she had a marriage proposal, a glamorous job and most importantly won Irish Tatler Woman of the Year. And so she selects this as the year in which she will transform her life, by applying all of the instructions and mantras of self-help gurus. She goes speed dating, feng shui's her 100% mortgaged apartment and targets the perfect boyfriend, using the New York manual ‘Your soul mate is out there and missing you.’ Next on her hit list is taking over her boss' job using ‘The work secrets only successful people know!’ However it seems that no self-help book that she has studied, teaches that pride comes before a fall.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Notes

    The actress playing Ailish played a number of other minor roles.There was also a further walk-on role for the actor playing Dr Jonathan.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Voiceover Lorna Quinn
Dr Johnathan Steve Wilson
Ailish McGovern Clodagh Reid
Voiceover Shadaan Felfeli
Production Team  
Director Alice Coghlan
Set Designer Alice Coghlan
Lighting Designer Moyra D'Arcy
Producer Gordon Gaffney
Costume Designer Aisling Nic Eoin
Sound Designer Robert Delahunty
Choreographer Sarajane Bloomer
Stage Manager Jordan Russell
Poster Designer Evanna O'Boyle
Programme Design Genevieve Williams
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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.